For this week's edition of New Beer Thursday, I reached for a Texas Brewery that is relatively new to the Houston market. The beer however, is very new as I believe its only been available for a week or so.
New Republic is from College Station, and Whipsaw is their Double IPA offering. The first thing I notice about the beer is the label and all the great information on it. For example, ideal serving temp: 54 degrees, parings: carrot cake, late nights, and good friends. ABV: 8%, IBU: 84. The final piece of info was the hops used. There were 4 hops used in total and they were:
Columbus: a very typical hops for DIPA's, with high bittering potential. Sharp and pungent.
Cascade: gives aromas of floral, citrus, grapefruit and pine needles.
Centennial: A high buttering hops with floral and citrus notes.
Magnum: High bittering hops, with spice and citrus notes.
The beer pours a reddish copper with a thick taupe colored dense foamy head. The nose is of pine resin, orange peel, marmalade, white pepper, a sticky smell if that makes sense. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but creamy. It tastes almost sticky, coating the tongue, grapefruit, orange marmalade, tangerine. Some slight toasty notes from the malts, but this is all hops. Peppery, spicy, almost a funky astringency at the finish. Incredibly hop forward, this one is a must to drink fresh as I have to think after the hop flavors go, its going downhill fast. The finish is a slightly off putting to me, but not something that I wouldn't recommend looking out for. Good solid DIPA.