Beer of the Weekend #674: Anna Belle's India Pale Ale

I want to get to 10 posts this month so I bought a can of Anna Belle’s India Pale Ale, brewed by the Galena Brewing Company of Galena, Illinois.

Anna Belle’s IPA pours a hazy, deepish amber into a pint glass. Two fingers of dense, bubbly, amber-tinted head dissipates very slowly. The aroma is sticky sweet and citrusy with scents of grapefruit, tangerine, kiwi, pine, orange, a little lemon, and caramel. The flavor is robust and surprisingly malty with a massive caramel foundation. The citrus and tropical fruit take a backseat and are fleetingly noticeable in the background until the beer warms quite a bit. A pleasing bitterness works the tastes buds and pine is also noticeable.

Fun facts about ABIPA:

-Style: IPA.

-Price: 2.79/can at the New Pioneer Food Co-op in Iowa City.

-Alcohol content: 7.5 percent ABV.

-IBU: 80.

-Anna Belle IPA was awarded a gold medal by the North American Brewers Association in 2013.

-Who is Anna Belle? I’m not sure. The brewery’s website does not say.

The Quiet Man’s grade: A-.

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