Visited Black Bear Brewery again on Monday and Tim was nice enough to set aside a growler of his single hopped IPA for me. IPAs generally use at least 3 and as many as 10 different hop varieties to increase the hop aroma and flavor. It is always interesting to taste an IPA that uses only one hop variety in the brew process. I know Samuel Adams did a variety pack of their Latitude 48 IPA using each individual hop variety.
This one looks like your typical IPA with a nice orange color and slight white head. Aroma is not overpowering but has some citrus notes. Taste is a solid IPA with a fair amount of bitterness but definitely not overpowering. This beer is easy to drink as most Black Bear brews are and the growler was finished in a couple of nights. Overall this is a quality beer although not as big as many of the IPAs have reviewed in the past. I don’t think that was Tim’s goal in brewing this one so overall great job and I look forward to the next growler from Black Bear.
If you ever go to the Bangor area be sure to take the few extra minutes and go to Orono to visit Black Bear Brewing, a small but very capable brewery located in a college town.
Pros: Easy to drink
Cons: Only available at the brewery in a growler
Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Black Bear Brewery
Brewers Description: Not on website as this was a one off brew.