I am researching a new article on my favorite NEIPAs in every state in New England (the “research” is pretty tough, find and drink a bunch of new-to-me beers). I am overflowing with ideas from some states, especially Massachusetts and Maine, but I am struggling a little with a few of the states that I visit infrequently. So many NEIPAs have limited distribution and short shelf lives, so you need to directly visit the brewery to get them. The state that I have been struggling the most with is New Hampshire, so I have been searching for any IPAs from the Granite State that have distribution in Massachusetts. One brewery that has recently established a substantial presence in Mass is Moat Mountain out of North Conway NH. One of Moat Mountain’s rotating releases is Call it a Day, a big double IPA brewed in the New England style. Moat Mountain Call it a Day is available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Moat Mountain Call it a Day DIPA pours slightly hazy light orange with a massive white head. The aroma is a solid hit of fruity and floral hops. The flavor is also very hop forward, notes of grapefruit, pine, orange rind and mango along with a little bitter bite. Call it a Day is a hybrid of east and west coast IPA styles, not assertively bitter but not straight juice either. The hops are balanced by a solid malt backbone, touches of whole grain bread and crackers. It has a medium body and drinks pretty easy for a beer with 8% ABV. The finish is crisp with some lingering malt flavor and bitterness. Overall this is a nice DIPA, plenty of hop flavor and good drinkability. I’ll need to check out more Moat Mountain releases in the near future. Hoppy Boston score: 4.0/5.
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