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Propeller Brewery: IPA

Posted: May 3, 2011 in Bottle, Canada, Norm, Nova Scotia

Well, I’d say it was a little over a week ago that a brewery out in Nova Scotia started following my twitter account. This brewery was Propeller Brewing, one I had honestly never heard of, let alone spotted on a liquor store shelf. So, I did a little digging around to find out more on them. They will be celebrating their 14th anniversary this summer and currently host six different year round beers and several seasonal choices too. Now, I thought to myself, “self, if anyone heads out east you must get them to keep an eye open for this brew”. It turns out, I didn’t need to. My girlfriend and I went into Hudson’s Taphouse for a late dinner… I had suggested the location because I had heard they had revamped their beer menu to incorporate more Canadian craft beers. Looking at the menu I spotted many tasty Canadian beers I’d tried before, but then right next to Nova Scotia the Propeller IPA jumped out of the bottom of the page. I instantly had my choice of the night.

Seeing as I was in a “taphouse” I presumed that the beer was going to be poured from a keg. I was happily surprised to have been given a bottle with a lightly chilled glass instead. The IPA poured a crystal clear copper yellow with a thick cream-colored head. With an emphasis on thick, the head left a thick lacing on the glass. Amongst all of the other tantalizing scents of the pub food I was able to pick up on the light scent of flowery and grassy hops. The taste was very light at the forefront with the flower and grass hops but then in the middle came a wallop of bitterness. This bitter flavor clung onto the tongue and lasted forever. This isn’t a complaint because I rather enjoyed it. The bitterness of the beer was an excellent companion to the sharp spice of the jalapeƱos on our nachos.

Looking the IPA up later I discovered that it has won the Gold medals. Not just one, but three gold medals. From 2006, 2007, and 2008 at the World Beer Championships in Chicago. I still can’t believe that my head was buried so deep into the ground that I’d never heard of Propeller… shame.

6.5% IPA