Another week in the pandemic and another beer review from a new-to-me brewery. This has clearly been a trend as more breweries used the shutdown to scale up canning and distribution options as a way to offset the lost revenue caused by a lack of on premise sales. I really hope this strategy helps, but I would be really interested to hear from breweries that have done it. I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised that there haven’t been a huge jump in local breweries closing, and I hope it stays that way as we move along. The newest addition to Hoppy Boston beer reviews is a beer from Timberyard Brewing in East Brookfield, which is a bit west of Worcester and north of the Pike for those of you without extensive familiarity with the geography of central Massachusetts. Timberyard has been on my need-to-visit list for a while, along with way too many other breweries, and while that isn’t happening right away it was nice to find a couple of their beers at a local bottle shop, including their NEIPA Hindsight. Timberyard Hindsight is brewed with massive late additions of Citra and a blend of Pacific Northwest hops and is available on a regular basis on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Timberyard Hindsight pours slightly hazy light orange with a a solid white head. The aroma features a strong burst of hops, heavy on the tropical fruit. The flavor is also hop-forward, notes of guava, pineapple, and stone fruit along with a mild/soft bitterness. This is balanced by a noticeable malt backbone, hints of biscuits and crackers. Hindsight is medium-bodied and very smooth, at 6.9% ABV it is on par with most beers of this style. The finish is crisp with some lingering hop flavor. This is a very tasty NEIPA, I need to try some more Timberyard beers soon, and hopefully make a trip to the brewery in the near future! Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.