I was having an interesting discussion recently about beers in Massachusetts. While the IPA style is king in non-macro circles everywhere, there seems to be a very specific IPA that people in this area covet. This beer is a version of the New England IPA with lower bitterness, a citrus/tropical fruit profile, and availability in cans. I realize that the beer I just described is the most popular variety nationwide, but it seems impossible for a beer of any other style to generate buzz in Mass. While I love these IPAs I also love a variety of other beer styles and would like to see more appreciation for breweries that excel in making a diverse array of beers. I also understand that brewing is a business and you need to cater to your customers. This is why I wasn’t surprised when Brewmaster Jack, who makes a wide variety of well crafted beers, released a new NE-style IPA in 16 oz. cans (their first beer packaged this way). This new beer is called Art and Industry, an IPA brewed with Galaxy and Mosaic hops along with pineapple juice. It is available on a rotating basis on draft and in the aforementioned tallboy cans.
Brewmaster Jack Art and Industry pours a hazy copper with a moderate white head. The scent is all hops, citrus and tropical fruit. The flavor is also very hop forward, notes of orange, lime and mango along with the soft bitterness that has characterized many New England style IPAs. The pineapple flavor is present and melds well with the hops, if I tasted it blind I would have assumed it was a particularly fruit-forward hop blend. Mild malt flavors add some balance, hints of crackers and honey. Art and Industry is medium bodied and very easy to drink, but packs a little punch at 7.0% ABV. The finish is crisp and clean with some lingering fruity hop flavors. This is an excellent version of a New England/East Coast IPA, tons of flavor and drinkability. Plus the added bonus where you don’t have to wait in line for an hour to buy it! Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.
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