Beer with Black Eyeliner: A Review of Hop Gothic Double India Wheat Pale Ale from South Street Brewery in Charlottesville, Va.

Now, I know what you are thinking. What is an India wheat pale ale, let alone a double India wheat pale ale? If you are familiar with the brewery, you might also be thinking, South Street…Really? Well.. to all of those questions I don’t really have any answers, but I’m fairly sure the beer is made up. None the less, this is a beer that I wouldn’t pass up. It clocks in at a strong 8.52% ABV and 72 IBUs. You can taste a good portion of that 8.25% ABV, but you also get a strong wallop of tasty Simcoe, Falconers Flight, Citra, Centennial, and Amarillo hops. Yeah, that’s a whole lot of hoppy goodness.
This beer does not have high drinkability (would keep it at one per sitting for sure). I also heavily recommend drinking this one without food accompaniments so you can get a full appreciation of the complex splash of hops. This is definitely an interesting one for hop heads, but if that’s not your thing, stay clear of paying up for this one. I give this beer a solid 3 out of 5 American Gothic pitchforks.


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