Last summer our family spent a nice Saturday in Worcester. We took the kids to the Ecotarium, grabbed lunch at a restaurant, and they hung out at Redemption Rock Brewery, my wife and I sampling some beers while the kids played with the Giant Jenga set, and then grabbing some crowlers to-go. Needless to say, it would feel strange and unsafe to do most of those things right now, especially with young kids who struggle with the whole “social distance” concept. I really miss those types of trips, it was fun to plan a Saturday around activities that the whole family enjoyed. I made a very different trip to Worcester last weekend, when I placed a couple of online orders and then did curbside pickup at the breweries. One of my stops was Redemption Rock, where I grabbed four different offerings, all now available in cans. Three of the beers I grabbed are new to me, but one I had actually tried on my last bottle shop stock-up run and enjoyed so much I needed more, War Castle NEIPA. War Castle is named after the “original” city of Worcester in the UK, it’s brewed with a blend of American hops and available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Redemption Rock War Castle pours hazy light orange with a solid white head. The aroma features a big hit of hops, loads of tropical and citrus fruit. These hops dominate the flavor as well, notes of grapefruit, mango and tangerine along with just a touch of soft bitterness at the end. A noticeable malt backbone adds balance along with hints of bread crust and cereal. War Castle is medium-bodied and easy drinking, at 6.8% ABV it is in the standard NEIPA range. The finish is crisp and pretty clean with plenty of lingering hop flavor. This is a top-notch NEIPA, plenty of flavor and very well crafted. Highly recommended for all of the hop-heads in the audience. Hoppy Boston score: 4.75/5.
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