Conquest – Tasting Notes
So I know a few days ago we published a blog post about the Apocalypse series/Conquest, but it wasn’t crazy-descriptive about Conquest itself. Being that the beer is about to hit shelves (like, tomorrow), I thought it would be appropriate to post some tasting notes here so everyone knows what they’re getting into. I literally just poured myself a glass (10:00 pm on 9/19), so away we go.
Appearance: Hazy golden color – a great billowing head that sticks around for a while and leaves a good amount of lacing on the ol’ glass. Definitely reminiscent of all that wheat I used.
Smell: Dudes, seriously…do yourself a favor and groove on this beer’s nose. I’m not kidding. We dry hopped the hell out of it, and it shows. There is a mix of pine/grapefruit and sweetness from more tropical fruits like pineapple, papaya and mango. I’ll take your guesses on what we used to dry hop, but holy shit, it’s quite fragrant and amazing.
Taste: So, having smelled the beer, you would probably expect a giant hop smack in your cake-hole. However, this beer doesn’t quite do that. It’s very smooth, with a small amount of underlying bitterness. Granted, the tag “White IPA” may insinuate (to some people) a hoppier/more bitter profile. The taste is of wheat malt and orange sweetness, but finishes relatively dry with a tinge of piney bitterness. Is there such a thing as White Pale Ale? Maybe that would be more fitting if you’re a die-hard IPA hop head. In my full admission, I expected it to be a touch more bitter. But man, this beer is seriously delicious and delicate.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation is right where you’d expect it for a White ale. Pretty tame with a little effervescence to accentuate the hop character and make the beer overall a little “snappy”. Aside from that, the beer has a smooth texture to it, definitely from all the wheat we used.
Overall: I’m extremely happy with this beer. I want it known that it’s not an over the top IPA, it’s quite balanced. Some of you may think Hoppy Wit, White Pale Ale etc., but that being said, it’s still a awesome beer. Fragrant, subtle, balanced.
I’m really enjoying this beer, and I think it might be one of my best yet. But you be the judge. Conquest will be popping up on shelves and at a very few (15 kegs for the entire state of Mass.) draft accounts.
Let me know your thoughts!!