|Highest Rated||Meadow Maker (78 / 100)
||Average score||78 / 100 (Excellent)|
|Lowest Rated||Meadow Maker (78 / 100)
78 / 100
Pint can purchased from St. Gambrinus in Brooklyn.
Pours a very deep golden colour, almost brassy in the depths, with a moderate amount of hazing, but certainly not opaque. Head is a frothy cap of white, that leaves tiny streaks of lace. Body is fairly light and fluid.
Nose is rather pleasant, with a hop direction more towards woody and herbal than most NEIPAs. But it works rather nicely, with some light fruit backing it up—a little passionfruit and lime perhaps, under the broader, earthier tones.
Taste is also very good. Here, there's more of a luscious fruit quality, and a smoothness on the palate that delicately transforms into a soft finish. It doesn't cloy, but it doesn't prickle with overt bitterness—it's just naturally balanced. Through the mid you get hints of mango and pineapple, leavened by some of those herbal tones—a little parsley or celery leaf, perhaps.
Feel is good. Not as creamy and soft as some NEIPAs, but suitable—not overly carbonated.
Overall, this is a nice beer. I'd not come across Alewife before (nor heard any particular recommendations for them), but this was a solid entry, and a very nice NEIPA.