Monday, March 26, 2018

Widowmaker & Vitamin Sea Widow's Walk

The Stats
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7.1%
Current Ratings...
- Untappd: 3.96/5
- Beer Advocate: 4.35/5
- RateBeer: N/A

"Pouring a cloudy pale yellow color with a creamy white head. Hoppy aroma of papaya and pineapple. A subtle sweet maltiness is hidden behind the hop forward taste. Medium bodied with a nice dryness in the finish."

Pours out light orange in color with a slightly hazy body and a solid two fingers of bright white head.

Lots of acidic grapefruit and orange rind on the aroma. Mild hints of white grape and some sherbet follow and a little bit of bubblegum and bitterness round it out.

The tastes yields significantly more bitterness and tart citrus. It starts off with orange skin and faint hints of the grapefruit from the aroma. The dominant flavor is Honeydew melon and it is at the beginning and end of each sip. What might be even just as strong is an herbaceous presence with fresh mint leading the charge. This all happens in the front, but the second half switches to sweeter citrus notes of blood orange and some of the aforementioned orange sherbet from the aroma. The finish immediately goes back to those minty qualities and tosses in some powdery malts for good measure.

Mouthfeel is noticeably calm, but not undercarbonated. The body is standard for the style and it has a relatively clean aftertaste. Alcohol is non-existent and the 2nd half citrus flavors help break up the herbal qualities to assist with drinkability.

Widow's Walk was a solid collaboration between two young Massachusetts breweries. It's a flavorful, smooth, and drinkable IPA with enough complexity to bring you back for more. The South Shore has had an influx of new breweries over the past three years and you can add Widowmaker to the list of one's to watch. Once Vitamin Sea gets up and running later in 2018, they too should be a place to keep your eye on.


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