The fact that Vermont has the most breweries per capita of any state in the country is well publicized, but Maine isn’t far behind, coming in second overall. So, even though I make somewhat frequent trips up to the state where I was raised there are a large number of breweries that I haven’t visited. It is hard to balance returning to old favorites with trying new places, especially when I can only visit a handful of Maine breweries each year. One brewery I haven’t made it to yet is Liquid Riot in Portland, I’ve tried a handful of their beers over the years but haven’t visited the actual brewery. Fortunately Liquid Riot has recently expanded distribution into Massachusetts, so I can try a few more of their releases and hopefully build some extra motivation to visit the brewery in the near future. One of Liquid Riot’s flagship beers is Mob Scene, an American IPA brewed with a mixture of US and New Zealand hops. Liquid Riot Mob Scene is available year round on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Liquid Riot Mob Scene IPA pours hazy light orange with a massive white head. The aroma is solidly hoppy, a mixture of tropical fruit and floral scents. The flavor is also hop forward, notes of mango, honeydew and tangerine along with a mild bitter bite. This is balanced by a solid malt backbone, hints of bread dough, cracked grain and a little lingering sweetness. Riot Act is medium bodied, smooth and moderately boozy at 6.5% ABV. The finish is crisp with some lingering hop flavor. Riot Act is a nice NEIPA, a touch more malty compared to some versions of the style, but plenty of hop character too. Hoppy Boston score: 4.0/5.