Vermont is loaded with quality breweries, including more than a few that attract regular crowds from way out of state, people who happily drive for hours to stock up on their favorite Vermont beers. Most of these breweries are pretty small and have limited distribution, the only beer that leaves the state is in the trunks of people who made the trek to the breweries and bottle shops that stock it. That is starting to change as some of these popular small breweries grow and start to expand into out of state distribution. I was surprised when I found out that Burlington Beer Company was expanding distribution into Massachusetts this month. It is one of the breweries on my way to long Vermont bucket list, but now I have the opportunity to grab some of their beers locally. Like many of the popular Vermont breweries, Burlington is especially known for their range of hop-bomb New England style IPAs. The beers are selling quickly as they land in Massachusetts bottle shops, but I was able to find some Petal Prophecy, a NEIPA brewed with honey. Burlington Beer Petal Prophecy is available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Burlington Beer Petal Prophecy pours murky dark orange with a solid off-white head. The aroma is solidly hoppy, tropical with some citrus fruit. The flavor is also very hop forward, notes of papaya, tangerine and peach along with a soft but noticeable bitterness. A solid malt backbone adds hints of bread dough and crackers along with a touch of late sweetness from the honey. Petal Prophecy is medium bodied, drinks very smooth and isn’t too boozy at 6.0% ABV. The finish is crisp with some lingering hops. This is a very good IPA, tons of flavor and character but super drinkable. I’m looking forward to sampling more Burlington Beer offerings in the very near future! Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.