Beer of the Weekend #665: Peace Tree No Coast IPA

Today was Sirrus Sport weather — definitely a sign that winter will soon be gone. I pulled it out of our storage cave and rode around town. It felt good to be back on my bike, though my keister is pretty sore.

The beer of the weekend is No Coast IPA, brewed by the Peace Tree Brewing Company of Knoxville, Iowa.

Serving type: 12-ounce stubby poured into a shaker pint glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: The color is hazy, golden amber. A half finger of eggshell-colored head leaves a skim and bubbly collar.

Smell: Belgian yeast is noticeable from the get-go, but it fades and lets aromas of citrus and tropical fruit shine. There are scents of kiwi, pineapple, grapefruit, and some cara cara orange. Caramel is also noticeable.

Taste: The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A balanced flavor gently washes over and entrances the taste buds. It is malty at the front with caramel and pale malt, but the citrus and tropical fruit from the aroma — kiwi, grapefruit, and a little pineapple — are noticeable a moment later. The citrus and tropical fruit are not prominent, though. A mild bitterness emerges toward the end, coating the back of the tongue and tonsils, leaving a pleasing aftertaste that leads to another sip. There is only a hint of Belgian yeast and the alcohol is completely masked.

Drinkability: This is a solid IPA from Peace Tree. It may not be aggressive, but it is flavorful and tasty. The ABV, though, does not make it sessionable.

Fun facts about No Coast IPA:

-Style: IPA.

-Price: $11.49/sixer at the New Pioneer Food Co-op in Iowa City.

-Serving temperature: Written on the bottle is, “Serve at 8ºC (48ºF).)

-Alcohol content: 7.25 percent ABV.

-IBU: 95.

-Also written on the label is, “Leave sediment in bottle.” I always loosen the sediment and pour it into the glass. I suppose I have drank one too many hefeweizens.

The Quiet Man’s grade: A-.

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