This stuff was strong with a capital “BICEP”. The forefront of the golden brew was hoppy as heck – a placeholder for all IPAs – but possessed a spicy underpinning throughout. It was difficult to pinpoint what spices came to the fold first, so I’ll just go with “allspice” as a general mouthfeel. It tapered off nice and bitterly, as it should.
A chance perusal of a Whole Foods brought me in contact with another tea beer, challenging that conclusion. Stone Brewing (out of San Diego) and Baird Brewing (out of Shizuoka prefecture, Japan) released a Japanese sencha IPA. And – I’ll be damned – it tasted like an IPA by way of green tea, hoppy and leafy. Two out of three successes so far, not bad odds.