Easy Breezy Beautiful
A Review of Easy IPA by Flying Dog Brewing Co.
Posted on 4/29/2014 by Chops
                   
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In the craft beer world, good ideas spread like wild fire. For many years now, big IPAs and barrel-aged beers have been the brain teasers of choice. But today it seems that beer geeks are growing a little weary of punishing their palates with every pint. At the same time, they also refuse to sacrifice the flavor or complexity they have come to expect from bold craft beer. Brewers were left with an interesting dilemma: how to reduce strength without losing appeal.

Clever brewers responded with an ingenious concept: de-imperialize the IPA. Notice I didn't say ''go back to'' the IPA. Imperial versions offered an amplified flavor that craft beer junkies fell in love with. Now they just want the ability to drink more of their favorite nectar without passing out after two pints. This is what gave birth to the new hot trend in brewing: the session IPA. Few breweries know the IPA better than Flying Dog. They call their session version the Easy IPA.

In the glass, this beer had a classic clear golden coloration. It came with a pillow-like white head that had great retention. On the nose, I was treated to burst of grapefruit, tropical citrus, peaches, mild spices, and a touch of pine. It was a big and bold introduction for a wee 4.7% ABV brew. This of course is the great appeal of session IPAs: lots of character crammed into a tiny package.

The flavor closely mirrored the aroma, so that first sip was chock full of tangy citrus, earthy pine, sweet peaches, mild spices, all resting atop an airy cracker malt. The body was predictably light with an airy crisp feel that was easy drinking and utterly refreshing. I also found a sharp hop presence that loved to assert itself. The beer finished on the dry side and exited with a piney citrus aftertaste.

Overall, I found Flying Dog's Easy IPA to be a rewarding lawnmower beer with a cheeky personality. I could easily drink this beer all day long and never grow tired of it. This is a brew that can hold your beer geek attention through an entire six pack. Perhaps more importantly, you can actually retain your attention through an entire six pack. Needless to say, I can recommend the Easy IPA to any and all beer fans. Seasoned drinkers will love this beer's light and airy complexity, while novices will love this beer's highly accessible flavor punch. And as the weather warms up, I can definitely say that Flying Dog's Easy IPA will be a regular guest in my porch cooler. Cheers!

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