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707. Kelsen Brewing Double Battle Axe

Kelsen Brewing Double Battle AxeTook my first trip to Kelsen Brewing in Derry NH and grabbed a bottle of their Double Battle Axe while I was there. This is their double IPA that won bronze metal at the 2014 US Open Beer Championship.

Appearance is a great orange color with an inch thick white head. Aroma is big as you would expect from a double IPA with lots or floral hops. Flavor starts with some sweet malts but this quickly gives way to lots of floral and earthy hops.

doublebattleaxe-with-backgroundThis is a big beer that is very easy to drink and it truly is a double version of their regular IPA “Battle Axe“. Really good beer but I still prefer my DIPAs to have more of a citrus than a floral hop profile. Kelsen has one of the best websites for a small brewery and some great artwork. Be sure to click through the links below to check it out. 
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Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 80
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Brewers Links: Kelsen Brewing, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Brewers Description: This beer uses a “damn the cost” approach to recipe design. We use 6 lbs of hops per BBL with a majority of those hops being used in late whirlpool additions and dry hopping. Following our steadfast commitment to drinkability in our beers, the abundance of hops produces a significant citrusy aroma and creates a unique “hop nectar” flavor that will surely satisfy the Imperial IPA aficionado. This beer also has a very light, dry malt profile that allows the intense hop flavors to explode from the glass.

632. Kelsen Brewing Battle Axe IPA

Kelsen Brewing Battle Axe IPAThis 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.
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Alcohol Content: 7.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 60
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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.