Christian, our resident IPA fan, tries something new school.
The story of this is that Southern Tier wanted to make an IPA that was different than their standard IPA, which is brewed in a traditional, English style (typically bitter, dry and bready). In this case, they used American-style hops variants (and even an experimental hybrid) to get a sweeter, fruity – but hoppy – IPA.
The result is a beer that pours an amber color with good carbonation and a respectable 6% ABV alcohol content. And a beer with quite a mix of hop styles going on.
It actually smells fruity, but I thought the fruity, citrus flavor seemed somewhat mild, and there was a bit of pine, earthy flavor along with a slight chemical taste that beer geeks would refer to as “resin”.
Southern Tier makes some great beers and, overall, Nu Skool successfully accomplishes what the brewers set out to do – it’s definitely a mix of east coast/west coast styles. But, as the IPA guy, it wasn’t one of my favorites. That’s not to say you shouldn’t try it (you should), but I tend to like my east/west IPAs in separate cans.
Have you tried it? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Christian and Eric