|Hard pour of Bitter Neighbor|
Nearly black IPA with hints of ruby around the extreme edges with back light. The very light brown head fall slowly and lingers as a full film. Chocolate, acrid coffee and multi-layered hoppiness in the nose. The taste lives up to the name: harsh roast plus a significant hop bite over a light body. Bottle lists Magnum, Hersbrucker, Amarillo and Cascade hops, which gives it the feel of a Cascadian Dark Ale but surprises with an earthiness underneath that counterpoints the bitterness. Drinks incredibly fast and smooth because of the light body--can hardly keep it in my glass.
Looking at the reviews on BA, there's a fairly wide range for the beer. I like the beer, but can see where the lightness in the body might put off some geeks and the bitterness might put off those experiencing a Black IPA, or just dark beer, for the first time. Interesting beer that I like having around for a daily dose of flavor that's pretty easy drinking.
The brewer at Third Street, Horace, used to be my next door neighbor. I joked with my wife that maybe the beer was named after me. She wisely warned me to not asked--just in case.