Monday, April 1, 2013

E.J. Phair Brewing Company Face Puncher IPA

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is E.J. Phair Brewing Company Face Puncher IPA. The other day while picking up a cake for my daughter’s birthday I found what will most likely be a favorite spot to have a pint or pick up some craft beer.  Caps & Taps in Dublin, CA (here) has a great selection – please support your local craft beer spots!

From the bottle: “To make this in your face IPA, we cracked the malted barley with our knuckles, boiled the water with pure rage, force fed it monstrously bitter hops, and did it all with a smile on our face.  Was it because we are sadistic? Well, yes, but also because we love our beers big and brutal.  You will too.  Support your local craftbrewers.  Please enjoy and drink responsibly – The E.J. Phair Gang”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a foamy white head and nice lacing.
Aroma: Citrus and tropical hops and a slight caramel and bready malt scents.
Taste: Citrus and pine hop bitterness balanced nicely with biscuit and sweet caramel malts.
Overall: A well done West Coast IPA, E.J. Phair Brewing Company Face Puncher IPA is malty, tasty and bitter.  At 6.6% ABV this 22 was easy to polish off and quite enjoyable.


Mark Harvey
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