Review: Troubled Monk Juicy Gossip New England IPA

Troubled Monk Juicy Gossip New England IPAMy mom's friend from Alberta picked up some Troubled Monk's beer a few months ago, I've been meaning to review it for a while but work started getting in the way. Today I'm checking out Juicy Gossip New England IPA.

From the website: An IPA that’s here to stay! Why is it hazy? Well, the secret is out – HOPS! Lots and lots of hops, added with precise timing to squeeze all the delicious, juicy, tropical, citrusy goodness out of them. We wanted to keep it for ourselves but decided to share this Juicy Gossip with you. 6.5% ABV

Appearance: Each time I've sampled this beer, the thing that stood out at me was how shockingly clear this beer was, it's got a clear golden straw body with a light amount of a honey hue to it. The head is moderate and white, diminishes rather quickly to leave behind a light amount of foam mostly on the side of the glass, with a webbing of foam clinging to the glass as the beer goes down.

Aroma: The appearance may be deceiving but this is 100% a New England IPA, it's sweet, it's juicy, tropical and aromatic. It has notes of pineapple, guava, lemon, a moderate floral (alfalfa) note and a slight bitterness at the end. Light amount of grainy bite to it.

Taste: Sweet and bitter IPA with notes of honey and caramel, as well as a hefty amount of tropical fruitiness of pineapple, a bit of orange, guava and lemon. There's a surprising amount of bitterness of pine popping out, as well as a floral (alfalfa) presence to it. Quite nice, a tad boozy, nowhere near as juicy as many NEIPAs on the market right now, though that's not a bad thing. Aftertaste is a bit of pear and yeast, fairly bitter tingling sensation.

Overall Thoughts: I knew to expect this to be a juicy NEIPA but the appearance really didn't make it seem like it'd be as fruit-forward as it was. It was quite nice but for those looking for a juice bomb, this may not be it, but for those who want a good IPA with a bit of complexity, this is definitely a great choice.

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