#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers day 54: You have no idea how much I want a carton of 1980s orange pop right now.
#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 54
Beer: Boston Tea Party
The Brewer: BAD Co
It doesn’t seem to contain tea, or to have been brewed in Massachusetts, but let’s see what this one tastes like.
Well, I can see why it’s labelled a “hazy” New England ale. It has a lovely bit of haze to it.
And it smells quite hoppy. Makes me wonder where this sits in the world of New England IPAs, IPAs, pale ales and just ales.
Due to the hoppiness of the smell and the haze, I’m thinking it’s going to be more of a New England IPA, which is promising. Yes, I did read an article recently by a very prominent beer writer, asking why people always seem to brew NEIPAs now, rather than normal IPAs, but hey, if it tastes good…
The final pre-taste whiff (the one where you’re just raising the glass to your mouth) gives me a hit of orange. But not just any orange. Anyone remember those clear plastic cartons of orange juice? The ones where you had to puncture the lid with a woefully inadequate plastic straw?
And the taste backs it up.
It’s very citrusy, but not overpoweringly so.
In fact, it’s dangerously drinkable. I say that because it’s 5.8%. That’s not to be sniffed at (even if a good sniff if good for nostalgia and tempting to the palette).
BAD Company. Good beer.
Where in the North?
Ok, so this is an unusual one. The brewery is based at Dishforth Airfield, an RAF/Army station in North Yorkshire. Hard to imagine the pilots or soldiers going into battle after a few Wild Gravitys.
Dishforth was the first base to receive the Apache helicopter and had 16 of them, divided between two squadrons.
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