Quick Pours: A Trio of Local IPA’s

GRAFFITI HOUSE

old bust head graffiti house

 Producer: Old Bust Head; Vint Hill, VA
 Style: IPA
 Price Range: $2 / bottle (12 oz)
 ABV: 7.5%
 Appearance: Deep amber, clear, with small white head
 Aroma: Malty, faint earthy notes
 Virginia Pour House Review: The first IPA is from a small brewery near Gainesville  called Old Bust Head. This is brewed in a West Coast IPA style so it promises to be very  hoppy with citrus and pine notes. The beer pours a deep, clear amber with a small white  head. The aroma is faint, but there is some malt and earthy notes. The first sip is big and  bright, with a nice citrus up front and earthy tones the middle. The beer finishes super bitter  with a lingering pine bitterness. For a base IPA, this beer has a lot of flavor and really good  bitterness. It is reminiscent of a West Coast IPA with subtle citrus and big pine notes. Old Bust Head delivered a good one with Graffiti House.

SINGLE HOP WARRIOR

flying dog single hop warrior

 Producer: Flying Dog; Frederick, MD
 Style: Imperial IPA
 Price Range: $3-4 / bottle (12 oz)
 ABV: 10%
 Appearance: Straw-colored, clear, healthy white head
 Aroma: Sweet, earthy, malty
 Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a perfectly clear straw color, with a  healthy, two-finger head. The aroma is faint but sweet, with earthy and malty notes. The  taste is bitter but mildly piney and citrusy, with a resiny mouthfeel. The beer is medium-  bodied but big enough to hold up the huge hop bill. Despite some strong pine and citrus, this  beer is incredibly balanced. Flying Dog’s single-hop series has delivered some seriously good  IPA’s but this might be my favorite.

DOUBLE CANNON

heavy seas double cannon

 Producer: Heavy Seas; Baltimore, MD
 Style: Double IPA
 Price Range: $2-3 / bottle ( oz)
 ABV: 9.5%
 Appearance: Amber, clear, small white head
 Aroma: Sweet and floral, fruity
 Virginia Pour House Review: Double Cannon is Heavy Seas’ latest IPA offering, a big  double IPA with tons of hop character. The beer pours a clear amber with a small white  head. The aroma is rich with sweet floral and fruity notes. The taste is also sweet, almost  overpowering with strong floral notes with a slightly grassy finish. The taste up front is  almost like candy with all the sweet fruit notes. There’s some peach, apricot, and pear, with a  fresh-cut grass taste in the middle, and a piney finish and aftertaste. This is a perfect beer to  sip on a hot summer (or spring) day, but be careful: at 9.5% ABV it packs a punch. Another great IPA from Heavy Seas.


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GRAFFITI HOUSE  Producer: Old Bust Head; Vint Hill, VA  Style: IPA  Price Range: $2 / bottle (12 oz)  ABV: 7.5%  Appearance: Deep amber, clear, with small white head  Aroma: Malty, faint earthy notes  Virginia Pour House Review: The first IPA is from a small brewery near Gainesville  called Old Bust Head. This is brewed in a West Coast IPA style so it promises to be very  hoppy with citrus and pine notes. The beer pours a deep, clear amber with a small white  head. The aroma is faint, but there is some malt and earthy notes. The first sip is big…

Virginia Pour House Review

Old Bust Head Graffiti House - 91
Flying Dog Single Hop Warrior - 95
Heavy Seas Double Cannon - 95

93.7

Points

Old Bust Head, Flying Dog, and Heavy Seas deliver some seriously good IPA's.

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