Thursday, April 14, 2016

No-Li Brewhouse - Komrade Imperial IPA

In Pacific Northwest,
Beer drinks YOU!
Hey, does anybody else remember perestroika and glasnost? That was the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union. Ronnie Raygun started talking about real life star wars and the other guy (the one with the birthmark on his forehead) flinched big time. It was like the "New Coke" of Communism. Looking back, those were kind of the good ol' days. At least, we thought we knew who the bad guys were. Now? I'm more a-scured of the nutjobs next door than I ever was of the Ruskies! Waxing nostalgic for the Cold War--who'd a-thunk it?

Anyway, everybody else across America thinks the folks living up here in the Pacific Northwest are big, fat commies. Truth be told, we do have some of the most politically progressive denizens of the US of A in our large, urban areas, but get out into the countryside of the PNW and you'll find a lot of conservatives. There's quite a political divide between the country and city folks, for sure, but there is one thing we all agree on: BEER. A tasty cold one--or two--can bridge any ideologic chasm, absolutely.

I'm only bringing up this subject because today I'm reviewing a new, seasonal beer from No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane, WA: Komrade Imperial IPA. Let's see if this beer is friend or foe, shall we?

The beer poured into my pint glass a clear, reddish amber color with a bright white, creamy, foamy head. The head rose up to more than a finger thick and dissipated slowly. Copious amounts of sudsy lace were left behind. Quite a pretty beer.

Aroma was citrus hops and earthy malt. Some tropical fruit and floral notes.

Taste followed the nose. Indistinct citrus medley with some pine and tropical fruit in the mix. Sweet malt well-balanced against the bitter hops. No alcohol hot detected in this 8.1% ABV beer. I found it to be quite an easy drinker that did not remain in my glass for long.

Medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. Smooth, semi-dry finish. Hops and malt flavors remained on the palate at the end in perfect harmony.

I like! I would have no problem drinking this lovely IIPA again and again. I'm giving Komrade Imperial IPA a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4.


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