M-43 Tart Strawberry

Brewery: Old Nation

Style: New England Style India Pale Ale w/Tart Michigan Strawberries

Description: “The First release in our “New Orthodox” IPA series, M-43 is designed to accentuate the deep and complex character from the combination of Calypso, Amarillo, Citra, and Simcoe hops. Citrus and Tropical notes of Pineapple, Mango and Grapefruit come through in the huge, yet surprisingly delicate aroma. The flavor backs these aromas with a soft, pillowy mouthfeel. Hop bitterness is not particularly intense, which leads to a very drinkable, juicy IPA even non-IPA fans love. The Haze is not from yeast, but rather from an interplay of lipids from the malted oat and oils and acids which naturally occur in the hand selected Dry hops. This beer is a perfect interplay between top grade malt and hops, MI water and brewing technique which cannot be faked.”

ABV: 6.8%

Format: 16oz can

Untappd: Avg. 4.23 / Mine 4.25

Thoughts: M-43 is a staple in my beer fridge. The addition of the tart strawberries certainly adds a tart to this special release NEIPA. Strong strawberry on the nose and initial hop bitterness, which I feel is accentuated with the addition of the strawberries. The bitterness lingers for just a little bit and slowly fades to the strawberry flavor. While I think this is quite good and I enjoy the tartness, I don’t think it replaces the original. #puremichigan

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