Barreled Souls Brewing Company in Saco, ME is probably best known for their big beers, a selection of stouts, barleywines and other high gravity styles that are often brewed with adjuncts and aged in a variety of spirit barrels. These beers are delicious, but just a piece of the breweries repertoire. Barreled Souls also cans a series of hoppy and sour ales, featuring New England style IPAs (pretty much a must for any local brewery) and a variety of fruited gose. While the bottled beer from the barrel program tends to be brewery-only, the cans are routinely out for distribution, and many of the hoppy and sour beers are available regularly in Massachusetts. I am hoping to grab some of those barrel-aged bottles on one of my upcoming trips to Maine, but until then I am happy to sample the canned offerings available locally. One of the staples in the hoppy beer series is Prerequisite, a double IPA brewed with Galaxy, Falconer’s Flight and Denali hops. Barreled Souls Prerequisite is available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Barreled Souls Prerequisite pours hazy deep orange with a massive off-white head. The aroma is loaded with fruity hops. This is a quintessential hop bomb hazy New England style DIPA. The hops lead the flavor with notes of mango, orange, peach, and passion fruit along with a soft bitterness. A solid malt backbone adds balance along with bread crust and biscuits. Prerequisite is medium-bodied and goes down very easy for a beer with 8.3% ABV. The finish is crisp with layers of lingering hops. Overall this is a very well crafted DIPA, easy-drinking and delicious. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.
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