Sunday, August 24, 2014

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers - Vendetta IPA

Don't get mad, get even.
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers typically sticks with an old school gangster theme when naming their beers. The label art is always pretty cool and film noir inspired, too. I picked up a bomber of their Vendetta IPA yesterday at New Seasons. 

The label depicts a gangster who is clearly in a very bad mood. The copy advises that this IPA comes with an ABV of 7.6% and that it was brewed with Citra and Amarillo hops. "As the fire rages on, an enduring rivalry reaches the breaking point," the label proclaims. Hmmm, there's a story in there somewhere. How's the beer?

Vendetta poured into my glass a semi-hazy, coppery orange color with an off-white head. That head rose up to almost two fingers thick and was quite lumpy and clumpy. It dissipated slowly and left copious amounts of lacing behind on the glass. Quite an attractive beer, I must say.

Aroma was citrus and pine. Tropical fruit: mango and pineapple. Subtle hints of dankness mixed in with some earthy, bready malt.

Taste followed the nose. Big pine and citrus hops. Orange and tangerine. Respectable bitterness but not over the top. Smooth malt flavor. Very well balanced. Pleasant herbal notes.

Medium to slightly full mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. Creamy finish with that hops bitterness left on the palate at the end.

Overall, this is a nice, big, well-balanced West Coast IPA. I like! I'm giving Vendetta a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4.


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