If someone told you five years ago that Everett, MA would become a hotspot for local beer you probably would have told the bartender to cut the person off. It’s easy to forget how quickly that has changed, just a few years ago there was nothing related to beer in Everett. First Night Shift opened up their brewery in town, which has undergone multiple expansions and become a destination for beer fans. A year ago they were joined by Bone Up Brewing Company. Soon there will be a third brewery in town, when Down the Road finally opens up a brewery and taproom in Everett later this year. For the last few years Down the Road has been churning out a variety of tasty beers as a contract brewer, and it will be exciting to see what they develop once they have their own space. One Down the Road beer I enjoyed recently is Seventh Star, their flagship IPA. Down the Road Seventh Star is brewed with Azaca and Idaho #7 hops and is available year round on draft and in 16 oz. tallboy cans.
Down the Road Seventh Star pours a clear bright orange with a massive white head. The scent is full of hops, citrus and floral aromas. The flavor is also hop forward, notes of grapefruit, pine, grass and melon along with a solid bitter bite. This is balanced by a solid malt backbone, touches of bread dough and honey. Seventh Star is medium bodied and smooth, not too boozy at 6.5% ABV. It has a crisp and clean finish with lingering hop flavor and bite. Down the Road Seventh Star is a solid West Coast style IPA, plenty of flavor and easy to drink. Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.
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