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This was something of a surprise pickup for me.  I went into the store with a plan to focus on more seasonally themed brews, but then I overheard two customers talking about a red IPA they saw on the shelves.  Have I mentioned that this is my favorite style?

Beer Name: Ember

Brewery: Foundation Brewing Company (Portland, ME)

Style: Red IPA

ABV: 7./%

Description: A red IPA said to blend big, sticky hop flavors with tropical fruit.  You can get more of the details here on the website.  Canned on 10/09/2017.

Appearance: Light brownish/red body with almost a finger’s worth of light tan head.

Smell: Sticky sweet tropical fruits mixed with piney bitterness.

Taste: Aggressive, raw pine sap bitterness right from the start that was quickly joined by a tropical fruit sweetness.  These flavors lingered on into the finish where they were joined by light, crackery malt base and a slightly floral hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly more than moderate amount of carbonation.

Hype: Generally elevated.  The brewery has a pretty solid reputation in these parts and it’s a fairly recent development for their cans to see distribution.

Overall: Good, but not quite what I expected from red IPA.  The bitterness level was a bit elevated for my preference, especially since it was dialed up way higher than the sweetness.  I did like the introduction of tropical fruits to the mix though, and this gets bonus points for the Emberer Palpatine pun on the bottom of the can.  I think hopheads and people less picky about red IPAs would really enjoy this; I just happen to have very particular expectations for the style.