Upright’s Adult IPA, is, as you might suspect, an IPA. There’s a bit of melon in the nose, which made me wary because this is usually the sign of a fruity and altogether too sweet IPA.
But no; there’s a solid flag planted in bitterness on the finish, and there’s also a dry quality too. The beer feels a lot like IPAs circa the early 00s and my initial impression is; cool!
But then, three sips in, and the dryness is so potent that I’m licking my teeth. I can’t place it but something feels a little off.
I get some water before trying it again.
Nope. There’s something weird about this beer. More malt starts to appear in the nose as I let it warm up a little, and the faint sweetness makes me think of Fruit Stripe gum.
For the first time, I am starting to regret this theme. Do I really want another one of this? Can I get a mulligan?
Because it’s weird to feel like I have to moisten my teeth.
The second glass doesn’t seem to have any scent that I can pick up. This is getting weirder, right? The beer had a perfectly acceptable head on it, I should be able to get some of that tropical fruit qualities, right? Some honeydew melonish thing? Instead, nothing.
Without any nose, the bitter qualities become too prominent. There’s a pinch of melon in the flavor, but I’m not going to call this ale balanced by any measure. For some reason, the front end has gone completely absent and the back end is not what I want in my mouth.
Still, I’m glad I gave this another go.
Today’s second pint goes to Women Have Options Ohio.