With all of the great breweries producing beer in this state of ours, I’m surprised we haven’t seen more Imperial IPAs. A flagship for many of the great breweries across the country, I’m glad to see one brewed right here in Oklahoma. Make sure to check out our field trip to Iron Monk as well as our review of their Milk Stout.
Company: Iron Monk Brewing Company
Location: Stillwater, OK
Style/Description: Imperial IPA
Price: $12 (4-pack bottles)
Appearance: Pours a clear ruby copper, with light head and clinging lace, and some rising bubbles.
Nose: Fruity hop aroma, some grassy hay and light resins. Some malty caramel notes.
Taste: Thick and malty, toasted grains and toffee. The hops are fruity, peaches and apples, with some bitter pine and woodiness. Some slightly metallic off flavors. There are some decent flavors going in here, but the malty sweetness overtakes the hops. This leaves the brew unbalanced, and leaves me wishing for more of the sweet citrus and bitter orange peel.
Finish: Sticky finish, bitter resins linger. Some of the metallic flavors persist as well, but fade before the hops dissipate.
Overall: One of my favorite styles, I’m happy to see an Oklahoma brewery taking a stab at a double IPA. A little bit unbalanced on the side of sweet grains rather than hops, but still a nice effort. I enjoy Iron Monk’s Milk Stout quite a bit and really look forward to their future endeavors.