A few months ago I heard Nathan was experimenting with some IPA recipes with the goal of adding an IPA to the already solid line up of beer from Rising Tide. This was great news as I love a good IPA and generally enjoy their beer. A couple of weeks ago it was released as Zephyr and is available in the 22 oz bottles with the simple yet eye catching label as well as growler fills from the brewery and few places will have this on-tap. According to Nathan this will be limited due to the limited availability of hops so enjoy it while you can.
The beer pours a bit darker than many IPAs with a slight white head. Aroma is pleasant but not overpowering. A bit different from other IPAs as you get some fruit but not your typical tropical/grapefruit. Taste is very well balanced with plenty of hop bitterness and a sweet finish. Might be a little more bitter than some of the other IPAs but for me that is not a bad thing. Overall a quality East Coast IPA with a bit of a different twist.
Pros: Well balanced and different than your typical IPA
Cons: Bitter (if you don’t like bitter)
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Rising Tide
Brewers Description: Heady like the sweet breath of Zephyrus, our India pale ale is redolent of citrus, apples, and pears, balanced by a touch of caramel. We use malted barley grown by local farmers and add a special blend of Cascade, Centennial, and Calypso hops to create this juicy, hoppy ale.