With work being pretty hectic this past Friday, no one in the office had time to make our usual run over to Trillium. Fortunately, the convenience store across the street from us maintains a small but usually pretty decent beer selection. From the selections my boss came back with, this one seemed to call to me. The cool label may have had something to do with it.
Beer Name: Seventh Star IPA
Brewer: Down the Road Beer Company
Description: You can check out the brewery website for their full description, along with a nice JPG of the can art, here. To summarize briefly, this was brewed with Idaho 7 and Azaca hops to impart a distinctly fruity profile. I believe I saw a $14.99 price tag on the 4-pack of tallboys.
Appearance: The body was translucent and had a light amber/yellow color to it. A bubbly white head formed with the pour and stuck around for roughly half the glass.
Smell: Sweet and fruity, with melon being the standout aroma.
Taste: Started out with a sweet melon profile upfront that took on a more tropical juicy taste about midway through. For the finish, there was a moderately resinous grassy hop bitterness coupled with more sweetness that I would best describe as a mix of melon and strawberry.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a creamy smoothness that made it feel just a touch thicker than it probably was, especially with its slightly less than moderate level of carbonation.
Hype: Just curiosity. The label called to me and the brewery really is just down the road from me in Everett, MA.
Overall: This beer was a pleasant surprise. I haven’t had anything from this brewery since I hit up their stand at a Brew at the Zoo event a couple of years ago and feel like they’ve come a long way in that time. I really liked how the melon stood out and how the finish was able to assert the hops without blowing away the other flavors. Worth checking out if you come across this.