Defiant Brewing Company
Fake News New England IPA
American IPA
New York
16oz, 4-Pack
Pours a huge three plus finger head, slightly off-white, not a lot of dimpling but it evaporates at a steady clip, thin streaks, basically not a lot of lacing. Hazy liquid, slightly more translucent than opaque, washed out yellow color, steady beads of super tiny bubbles. The nose has a strong bready to grainy quality, then peppery, no nonsense white grapefruit citrus zips through, a fetching florality broadens the basic apricot, peach, pear, hints at tropical fruit yet does not deliver. Medium-bodied, welcome lack of heaviness albeit can't call it fresh either. Almost more lemon than white grapefruit, sweet and sour citrus. The floral element brings perfume to the mouth entry before the bitter leafiness and pepperiness takes hold. Here you do get pineapple and kiwi accents among the apricot, peach, nectarine fruit. Salted pretzel, toasted bagel more than raw graininess. Carbonation is moderate, not absent. It's a quality offering, nothing grandly unique but perhaps better for it. Easy to quaff, no glaring flaws.
3 out of 5