My first real apartment in the Boston area (outside of a couple months in a summer sublet in Harvard Square) was near Davis Square in Somerville. It was a fun place to live, especially in my early 20’s, sharing a place with some college buddies, and having a bit of money and minimal responsibility for a couple years before I started grad school. While I enjoyed the area and there were some fun bars, I never imagined that Somerville would become a major hub of the metro Boston craft brewing scene. In fairness, there wasn’t much of a local brewing scene at the time, I also would have never believed that there would be 200 breweries in Massachusetts in a matter of years. Now Somerville has a whole range of exciting breweries. One of the newer additions to the scene is Remnant Brewing, which is located in Bow Market in Union Square. I haven’t had a chance to visit Remnant yet, but I’ve enjoyed a few of their beers, some of which are now hitting retail locations. On a recent stock up I grabbed some Clip Art IPA, Remnant’s rotation signature IPA brewed with different varieties of hops in each batch. Remnant Clip Art is available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Remnant Clip Art IPA pours hazy deep yellow with a solid white head. The aroma features a big hit of hops, loads of citrus and tropical fruit. These hops also dominate the flavor, notes of grapefruit, melon and mango along with just a touch of late bitterness. This is balanced by a mild malt backbone, touches of bread crust and cereal. Clip Art IPA is medium bodied and easy-drinking but packs a little punch at 7% ABV. The finish is crisp with plenty of lingering hop flavor. This is a really good NEIPA, loads of flavor, well crafted, just enough balance to keep it from overwhelming the palate. I am looking forward to checking out more Remnant beers soon, and hopefully visiting the taproom when things get back towards some semblance of normal. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.