The last few times I’ve stocked up at the bottle shop I realized that I am way behind in spreading the love on my beer reviews, there are way too many local breweries that I’ve yet to feature on Hoppy Boston, or haven’t written about in way too long. A good example is Barewolf Brewing out of Amesbury, I’ve sampled and enjoyed a few of their beers in the past but haven’t written about any of them on the blog. On my last stock-up run I grabbed some Exasperate, one of many a double dry-hopped NEIPA Barewolf brews. I’ve heard excellent things about Barewolf’s hoppy beers, so I was excited to give this NEIPA a try. Exasperate was released as two separate beers, each using the same malt bill and hopping schedule but changing the variety of hops used, with the North version using Comet and Amarillo from the US and the South version using Galaxy and Rakau from Australia and New Zealand. I grabbed the South version, both are available for a limited time on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Barewolf Exasperate South pours murky light orange with a solid off-white head. The aroma is a big hit of hops, lots of tropical fruit with some floral undertones. The flavor is also hop forward, notes of peach, pineapple, stone fruit, and lime along with a soft bitterness, this is very much a NEIPA. The hops are balanced by a light malt backbone, hints of bread dough and crackers. Exasperate South is medium bodied and very smooth, not overly boozy at 6.5% ABV. The finish is crisp with plenty of lingering hop flavor. This is a delicious NEIPA, tons of flavor and very well crafted, any brewery would be happy to have this on their menu. I have definitely been sleeping on Barewolf, I need to sample their beers on a more regular basis. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.