When I think of New Glarus Brewing, I think of incredibly fruity flavors. Brewing out of New Glarus, Wisconsin, New Glarus Brewing has been making great beers since 1993. Founded by Daniel Carey and his wife Deborah Carey, they are best known for their Spotted Cow beer which is a cask-conditioned farmhouse ale sweetened with a little bit of corn. I know them best for their Raspberry Tart Framboise, an explosion of raspberries supported by light tartness. Extremely effervescent like a glass of champagne, the brewery even suggests that this beer be served in a champagne glass. Throughout their nearly 22 years of brewing, they have made a myriad of styles from pilsners to stouts to barley wines and everything in between. Unfortunately for me, New Glarus is not distributed to New York, so getting a chance to taste any of their offerings is a treat. So when my friend came back from his Christmas trip to the Mid-West, he surprised me with a bottle of Scream IIPA.
This limited brewed Imperial India Pale Ale is a hop lover’s dream. Apparently over 10 different hops are used in this brew including Cascade, Chinook, Vic Secret, Brewer’s Gold, New Port, and Columbus. Also in the brew broth is Wisconsin barley and English malts. A delicious example of an IIPA.
Appearance: Golden amber with a slight orange tint.
Aroma: Hops galore. Very fruity hop aroma with hints of pine.
Taste: Slight astringency on the front, but that quickly gives way to the flavor of Cascade and Chinook hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium body.
Overall: A delicious Imperial IPA that hides its 9% ABV well.
So here’s to hoping more New Glarus beers make it to NYC.