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I don’t often review beers I drink out in the wild anymore, but for this one I made an exception.  Last Sunday the family ventured forth to a new Mexican restaurant named 3 Amigos Bar & Grill that very recently opened up down the road from us in Malden Center.  Putting the beer aside for a moment,I am happy to report that the food was amazing and I would highly recommend the Chorizo Queso Fundido and Short Rib Tacos if you’re in the area.  The adult beverage selection beyond their signature margaritas was also quite good, boasting a small but well curated list of local beer options that included draft lines from the nearby Idle Hands Craft Ales and Night Shift Brewing Company.  As for my beer choice, the keg had kicked on my initial choice and the waiter suggested this one as an alternative.

Beer Name: Lexington IPA

Brewery: Battle Road Brewing Company (Maynard, MA)

Style: IPA

ABV: 6.2%

Description: An IPA brewed with a combination of Columbus, Mosaic, Azacca, Centennial, and Citra hops.  

Appearance: Cloudy golden/amber-colored body with a foamy white head.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with a citrusy hop bitterness in the background.

Taste: Sweet upfront, again mixing a caramel malt base with citrus and grapefruit notes.  The sweetest gradually gave way to a resinous blend of pine and citrus hops for the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.  Pretty typical for the style.

Hype: Not much.  I feel like I’ve seen this brewery around for years at various local beer festivals but don’t really see their beers around town all that often.

Overall: I liked this a lot.  It featured that sweet malt profile I really go for in my IPAs and made an excellent companion to my dinner.  In fact, I ended up liking this so much it inspired me to another thing I don’t ordinarily do when out at a restaurant – ordered the same beer twice!