Review: Southern Tier Nu Skool IPA

"New American Hops with a tropical twist"
Southern Tier's Nu Skool IPA is a well-balanced IPA with slight malty sweetness as well as with tropical, fruity, spicy, piney & citrus character. Nu Skool uses some of the new generation of American hop strains including Mosaic, Ekuanot, Simcoe, and an unnamed variety called #07270.

Appearance: Nu Skool pours a mildly cloudy lemony golden ale. There's a light sprinkling of sediment popping all up through the glass, as well as there's a hefty amount of carbonation in the body. The head is off-white, frothy, and ever so slightly diminishes.. but just barely.

Aroma: It has rich citrus notes with a great deal of lemon, a bit of pineapple juice, a bit of a grassiness, a slight graininess from the malt, slight hint of pine bitterness. Quite sweet so far.

Taste: I have a few different flavours popping out immediately, I get a bit of a pine bitterness intertwined with a mildly grassy profile and a tropical citrus fruit profile. The fruitiness is mostly pineapple but there's also a bit of orange, grapefruit (to give it a hint of pepperiness), and of course.. lemon. The aftertaste leaves behind a bit of a bitter aftertaste, reminiscent of a West Coast-style IPA.

Overall Thoughts: Very easy to drink, good amount of bitter hop notes (pine), a reasonable amount of tropical presence to it.. though I wish it was a bit more tropical. I'm finding this one is reminiscent to a lot of my old go-to West Coast IPAs I used to drink before the juicy IPA trend took place. Will likely buy this again as part of a taster pack, great for summer time!

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