Today I will be starting another planned segment at the Craft Beer Academy. This is a weekly review of a specific craft beer. Many sites out there give very personal and specific reviews on beer as well, but where I will hopefully provide a better service and information is that I would like to explain what each part of the review means. In other words, I want to do two things in every review. The first is to give you both a personal and professional (from the pros, not just me) review of each beer, and an explanation of the review, so you can do your own reviews and understand what you are drinking more.
There is a thin line one walks when reviewing beer, and that is the line between beer snob and beer lover. Hopefully we will keep on the good side of that and let the snobs go somewhere else.
That being said, the first beer we will review is Weyerbacher’s Last Chance IPA. Let’s get started.
- Brewery – Weyerbacher Brewing Company
- Beer Name – Last Chance IPA
- Location – Pennsylvania, USA
- ABV – 5.9
- Style – American IPA
- Serving Type – Draught
- Beer Advocate: 82
- Availability – Year round
- Color – Clear Copper/ Light Amber
- Head/Retention – Decent head with a fair bit of retention
- Aroma – Citrusy hops with a definite bitter, earthy smell.
- Mouthfeel – Average, not overly carbonated
- Taste – Bright hop taste, with citrusy hop character, and slightly malty
- Finish – earthy hops finish with some citrus.
This beer is driven by the Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe, and Columbus hops that give it aromas of grapefruit, pine, and citrus. Last Chance IPA is a great example of an East Coast American IPA, as we talked about in this Beer Style post. This beer is available in both draft and bottles, and is an overall good beer.
Last Chance IPA is more than a good beer, the name of this beer comes from Weyerbacher’s dedication to saving animals. The company is a big supporter of good animal shelters, and gives a portion of the proceeds of this beer to local animal shelters it deems good recipients of their money. Good beer and a good cause, you cant get too much better than that!
This beer is a great example of an East Coast American IPA. The hops drive this beer, but there is still noticeable malt character. Weyerbacher promotes this as an “unbalanced” beer, and the beer definitely does lean towards the bitter, hops driven side. This basic information is vital to understanding what the beer you have is all about. The basic information includes The brewery, the specific beer, the beer’s ABV, which as you remember we covered in this post, the style trying to be achieved, and how the beer is served. Remember that how the beer is served can alter your impression of it. The serving method can impart different tastes to the beer. Serving types generally include a draft system, bottle, and cask.
Beer Advocate is a website that lists an enormous amount of beer and beer information. Users rate beers on this site, and from this information a Beer Advocate score is generated. This score, out of 100, helps you to see what the general consensus on a beer is. This isn’t something to live by, but it’s good to know. Check out this beer for user reviews there.
It’s good to know the availability of a beer, so when someone reads or sees your review, they know when they can get the beer. This beer, for example, is available year round. That means whenever you read this post, you can find this beer.
The rest of this list is what you thought of the beer. As you remember from this post on How To Taste A Craft Beer, the first two things you should notice is the look and color of the beer itself, as well as the head. Note how clear the beer is, and how well the head is retained. Next, the aroma is experienced. Make sure to be very descriptive with this. The next step is to drink the beer. With this, note how it feels in your mouth and the overall taste. The last part is the finish, or the taste of the beer going down you throat and the taste you are left with.
This post definitely had two parts to it, with the review of Last Chance IPA, and the review on tasting a beer. Future reviews will not have the extra information in it. Hopefully this information is useful and can help you experience beer in a more complete way.