Tasting: August 14, 2014
Beer # 585
Elm Street IPA
Even some of the best of beer enthusiasts assume that all IPA should be loaded with big bold hops that pack a bitter punch. While that may be true for west coast style IPA – we forget IPA or India Pale Ale has its roots in 18th century England. These ales certainly did not have the alpha acids of their west coast descendants. These English ales were probably maltier and were made for export to India. Since this Elm Street IPA is described as being an English IPA – you would suspect that it would follow this maltier take on the style. However, reading about this beer on-line, I see that the brewery couldn’t resist adding some brawny northwestern US hops.
This Elm Street IPA was brought back from North Carolina by a co-worker. It’s available from April to June and checks in at 6.4% ABV and a mild/medium bitterness of 55 IBU. Last year, he brought back Southern Pale Ale – and that was a treat. Natty Greene’s Southern Pale Ale (89 points)
Up front, it’s fruity like cantaloupe and has some bread-like dough. The hops of Elm Street IPA easily overrun this faint sweetness. I’m getting some yeasty clove and banana and the bitterness is off. I don’t get the caramel malt that I was expecting. In a nutshell, Elm Street IPA is really disjointed and I’ll put it at a pedestrian 75 points. Like the General, I’ll look for my own retreat and regroup plan.