Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Vitamin Sea Due North

The Stats
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7.6%
Current Ratings...
- Beer Advocate: N/A
- RateBeer: N/A
- Untappd: 4.43/5

Previously, I talked about the up-and-coming Vitamin Sea Brewing out of Hull, MA and how one of the brewers invited me into his home and offered me some beers to take home. Today we have Due North, which is an IPA brewed with Galaxy and Mosaic.

Pours a gorgeous, glowing light orange with a murky body and over two fingers of fluffy white head.

The aroma is chock full of orange pulp, dank hops, orange creme, black pepper, cedar, and orange sorbet. Just fresh, dank hops crushed into powder and sprinkled over sherbet with a touch of spruce. Then there's a zen-like balance brought on by doughy malts.

Lots of lemon zest on the taste. A strong chewing gum flavor is here which is most comparable to chewing on several pieces of Juicy Fruit. I feel like an MLB pitcher on the mound with a wad of gum on the inside of my cheek. Lots of flora notes, and some fresh-cut grass with some spices too. An appetizing bitter character and dankness add pure hop juice to the flavor profile as does citrus acidity, mango, pineapple, and guava.

Mouthfeel is nice and full. It feels like it is almost teetering on the edge of DIPA territory, but it is light enough in body to remind you it is a single. No alcohol to speak of and carbonation is great.

Due North had a lot of complexity. I like it when IPA's are more than just straight hops. This IPA offers a little of everything without having to sacrifice one flavor to make room for another. All flavors are equally contributing and they are all big in scale. It's complex, refreshing, and easy to drink. There's not much more you could want.


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