After the complete no-show by the Patriots this weekend, and presumably the end of their dynasty, it is officially Celtics and Bruins season for Boston sports fans. Fortunately, both teams are looking great, poised for strong playoff runs (which is especially great because the rumors from sources around the Red Sox make that team sound like a dumpster fire). I am a huge fan of both teams, and ready for some basketball and hockey. Any long-time Celtics fan has grown up to the color-commentary of Tommy Heinson, NBA Hall of Fame player and coach turned iconic broadcaster and tormentor of basketball officials. One of Tommy’s longest-running schticks is the awarding of “Tommy Points” to players for hustle plays like diving for loose balls and taking charges. This is an exceptional name for a beer from a Boston area brewery, I am kind of surprised it hadn’t been taken yet. Winter Hill has decided to use the moniker for their newest IPA, along with a green label with patterns resmbling the famous parquet floor at the Garden. Winter Hill Tommy Point is available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz. cans.
Winter Hill Tommy Point pours clear light orange with a massive off-white head. The aroma is solidly hoppy, fruity and floral. The flavor is also hop forward, notes of grapefruit, resin, orange pith and papaya along with a noticeable but not aggressive bitter bite. This is balanced by a mild malt backbone, hints of bread crust and cereal. Tommy Point is medium-bodied and easy-drinking, at 5.6% ABV it is on the lighter side for a modern IPA which is a nice change of pace. The finish is crisp with some lingering hop flavor. This is a really tasty American IPA, a mesh in style between the New England and West Coast substyles. Give this beer a Tommy Point! Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.
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