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I’ve been really enjoying this brewery lately.  Their combination of outstanding brews and cool can art has definitely gotten my attention.  It also helps that my favorite bottle shop gets frequent deliveries of their stuff and seems just as excited about that as I am.

Beer Name: 日本から来たネコ (Cat From Japan)

Brewery: SingleCut Beersmiths (Queens, NY)

Style: IPA

ABV: 4.3%

Description: Listed on the brewery’s website as a juicy, tropical session IPA brewed with “new age” hops from the Pacific Northwest and New Zealand.

Appearance: Poured to a hazy, golden/orange juice colored body topped off by a fluffy white head of foam.

Smell: Tropical fruits with a pine and grapefruit bitterness on end.

Taste: Light tropical fruit upfront mixed with pale malt.  The finish brought on a mix of bitter grapefruit, tangy orange, and a dry crackery presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly elevated level of carbonation.  Happy little bubbles were especially apparent at beginning and end of the sip.

Hype: As mentioned in the intro, I had expectations of my own for this one, but I don’t think there was any general hype around this.

Overall: Very tasty, but maybe a bit overpowered as this little session IPA packed quite a punch on the finish.  I’m probably still looking to pick some more of this up when the warm weather returns for good though.