Does anyone else eat an orange, then go from room to room squeezing the strips of peel to spritz that sweet, sweet orange oil aroma throughout the house?
Well, have a try sometime. Smelling Bridge Road’s NEeD IPA Vol. 4 is like spritzing the peel of five different orange-coloured citrus fruits over the house (no lime, lemon or ruby grapefruit here). In truth, the brewers only added one citrus fruit - tangerine - but paired it with a hop bill that works to boost the citrus quality while also balancing it out with some earthy pine - Citra, Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, Columbus and Warrior.
The taste is a smooth bitter river of citrus zest and resin; it’s like the elements were added just upstream but only get around to coalescing once they enter the mouth. Big grapefruit flavours carried on a current of rushing malt brings those old school West Coast vibes back, and all the bitterness gets caught in a swirling eddy at the back of the tongue.
Published June 28, 2021 2021-06-28 00:00:00