Saturday, March 17, 2012

Elevator Brewery Three Frogs IPA

Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus is another local brewery here in Columbus, Ohio. Three Frogs IPA is one of their many year-round offerings available on tap at the Draught Haus and bottled. My particular offering was a bottle purchased at a local grocery store.

It pours a hazy amber color with about one finger of creamy, off-white head. Retention and lacing were both fair. The aroma is packed with a lot of citrus and floral hops along with some caramel malt. I also picked up a note of alcohol in the aroma.

Despite the aroma, this is not the the most aggressively hopped IPA I've every had. The citrus hops are definitely at work with hints of apricot and grapefruit, but the caramel malt flavor is bit more noticeable than I expected. This is actually one of the sweeter IPA's I've tasted which is interesting and enjoyable. There is decent amount of bite from the hops on the finish, though, with a small amount warmth from the alcohol left behind. This is a medium bodied beer with a creamy (if not a bit oily) texture and medium carbonation.

While this IPA is not going to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, or even Harpoon IPA, it is a very solid beer that I wouldn't think twice about drinking again.

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