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I think I’ve mentioned this on here before, but I’ve had a long standing goal to try out more beers from Mystic Brewery.  Imagine my surprise them when I read that they are planning to expand into my current home city of Malden! Seems like a good time to get acquainted with what they have to offer.

Beer Name: Voltage

Brewery: Mystic Brewery (Chelsea, MA)

Style: New England IPA

ABV: 7.0%

Description: An IPA brewed with Citra, Santiam, and Perle hops. My can was about two weeks old when I opened it up.

Appearance: Poured to a cloudy golden yellowish-orange body with a layer of thick layer of white foam up top.

Smell: Tropical fruits with a bitter piney haze in background.

Taste: Mix of tropical and citrus fruit upfront with maybe some strawberries thrown in for good measure.  The sweetness carried through to the end where it was joined by bitter haze of piney, grassy, and slightly spicy hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium-plus body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Hype: This beer seems to be making a name for itself in the area and is a popular seller at the bottle shops I keep tabs on by my office in downtown Boston.

Overall: I really liked this and would rate it as a superlative example of the style.  With its great flavor and mouthfeel, I would put this up against of any of its more hyped competition.