This one comes from a new brewery in Derry, New Hampshire brewing on a small 3 barrel system. Bottles of their IPA and brown ale started hitting the shelves a couple months ago and I grabbed the Battle Axe IPA as I love the label art and generally enjoy IPAs.
Battle Axe pours a deep amber color, darker than most IPAs. Aroma was mild with plenty of sweet malts and some citrus, floral hops but nothing overwhelming. Taste is a nice balance of the caramel malts and some earthy hops.
This is a balanced well made IPA that will not wreck your palate. Solid beer but if you love hop bomb, palate wrecking IPAs you may be disappointed.
Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 60
Brewers Website: Kelsen Brewing
Brewers Description: The Battle Axe was a weapon used by Vikings and other foot soldiers during the Middle Ages. Over time, the weapon evolved from a simple wood chopping axe to a lightweight and well balanced combat style axe capable of piercing a knight’s armor or dismembering an enemy’s limb with one blow.
Like the blade of a Norseman’s axe, Battle Axe IPA will slash through your taste buds and olfactory system with a wallop of hop flavor and aroma. The simple malt backbone of this IPA yields to the wonderful citrus hop profile. Rest assured that your taste buds will remain intact, so you’ll be sure to come back for more.