HissIPA by Artos Brewing, IPA, 7.5% ABV, 75 IBU.
Finally a new kid on the block! Or actually not: if I remember correctly Artos Brewing is no other that 50% of the good ol’ JoKr Brewers. This IPA pours initially a clear, dark golden body with a huge, off-white head that is very long-lived and laces the glass well. Unfortunately I’m a thirsty man, and I stopped pouring a bit too late, and I therefore ended up with ridiculous amount of sediments in my glass. The once clear beer is murky with lumps of all sizes as I take my first sip. Partially my fault of course, but still, it doesn’t look that tempting.
The aroma is delicious and quite strong with slightly overripe tropical fruits, a dash of peach and a pinch of mango. But for a beer with “loads of hops” I had actually expected a more intense aroma.
The taste is light sweet with a long-lasting heavy bitter finish that feels a bit sharp initially. The flavours are rather strong with the same slightly overripe tropical fruits in front together with resinous notes, also orange, some initial caramel sweetness and a touch of alcohol. Do I detect some vague traces of catty Simcoe in there as well? I’m not sure, it might as well be other elements that remind me of my own Hip Hooray IPA that I dry hopped with Simcoe. Nice stuff!
The mouthfeel is impressive, it has a really nice body, is that due to the oats? The texture is oily with a fairly dry finish and the carbonation is lively. I won’t let the fact that I get oatmeal in my mouth when I drink this brew lower the Palate rating…
Conclusion: a clean (aroma- and flavour-wise, absolutely not when it comes to appearance) and simple IPA that despite a bit sharp bitterness and a bit too obvious alcohol is fairly drinkable. The mouthfeel is particularly pleasant.
Aroma: 7/10 Appearance: 3/5 Taste: 7/10 Palate: 4/5 Overall: 12/20 Ratebeer score: 3.3/5.0