Being a parent is awesome and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world, but it cuts into your free time a bit (and by that I mean that my free time is almost non-existent). This just means that I need to be creative if I want to do things like visit breweries. A good example was this Saturday, my wife was taking the baby out for a few hours and I had a bit of a to-do list, but I knocked it out in record time in order to make a quick trip to Bog Iron Brewing in Norton. I wasn’t able to hang out and drink some beers, but I had plenty of time to fill a couple growlers, including a liter of Jump Back, the newest permanent addition to their stable of IPAs. One of Bog Iron’s staples has been the use of honey in brewing, especially in their flagship series of IPAs, Stinger, Middle Child and Stung. Jump Back is their first IPA brewed without added honey, although they are also working on a complementary honey-free DIPA (I enjoyed a sample while my growlers were being filled). Jump Back is available on a rotating basis in the Bog Iron tap room, on draft and for growler fills.
Bog Iron Jump Back IPA pours a hazy gold with a solid white head. The nose is great, a huge burst of hops led by citrus and tropical fruit. The hops also lead the flavor, notes of grapefruit, mango, orange and pine with a soft bitterness. There is just a little malt in the backbone, touches of crackers and toast. Jump Back is very easy to drink, you might mistake it for an APA and be caught off guard by the 7.1% ABV. The finish is very clean with just a hint of hops on the tongue. For my personal taste I wouldn’t mind a little more hop finish/bitterness, but it is a minor quibble, this is a very good beer that fits well in the Bog Iron lineup. Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.
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