Cypress Brewing Co.
17 Mile (IPA With Simcoe And Cascade)
American IPA
New Jersey
6.5%
16oz, 4-Pack
$12.99
Huge, frothy head, close to filling half the pint glass, orange-tinted tan foam, mottled surface, retention is good or maybe a factor of where it started, no streaks but large quantity of tiny splotches all over. The liquid color a dark copper orange with no noticeable diminishment at the edges, at first you'd think there were no bubbles at all but up close you seem rivulets of microscope bubbles of good activity. Juicy nose filled with tangerine, Mineola orange citrus and lesser pink grapefruit, pine, floral dew and mint keep it fresh, without getting too concentrated there's a strong tropical feel to the guava, mango, pineapple to nectarine fruit scents, almost devoid of any grassiness never mind funkiness, almost innocent in its youthful freshness. In the mouth it's light to medium-bodied yet with a pleasing sappy grip. Follows the same script here, loaded with tangerine, lime, grapefruit citrus and goes heavier on the caramel, toffee element. Smooth and creamy, as it hits the mid-palate and beyond the pine and cracked pepper notes lend bite. Arguably hoppy too but relative to most IPAs this is lowgrade hoppiness. Peach, pineapple, guava fruit. Want to give them credit for making a smooth, easy drinking IPA in the face of the prevailing "this one goes to eleven" mindset for the category.
3 out of 5