GrassLands Brewing Company is a new craft brewery 'in planning' out of Tallahassee, Florida. In the past we've had the opportunity to review GrassLands' Le Roi Rouge Imperial Red, Black Rose Immortal Imperial Stout, and King Oliver’s Hard Cider.
Owner Gabe Grass now sends us a bottle from the first batch of one of GrassLands eventual year-round offerings: the Big Cypress IPA.
Gabe describes Big Cypress IPA as a combination of the hop forward west coast IPA style with the malt balance and floral range of the east coast IPA style. Here's what he's going for:
A smack-you-in-the-face IPA with tons of aroma and hop flavor that gets somewhat balanced by back-end malt sweetness... a unique and compelling IPA that can be be enjoyed throughout the year...
For those keeping score at home, Big Cypress IPA checks in at 7.5% ABV and 70 IBUs with generous additions of American citrus hops. This batch was brewed in June, bottled in July, and reviewed on October 14.
The girlfriend joined me for the review, and once again, we'll be using the Beer Advocate Ratings System.
Appearance: Pours a golden caramel with a large head (2 fingers) that dissipated quickly. A little cloudy with medium carbonation.
Smell: A sweet citrus aroma. Subtle, but inviting.
Taste: Good hoppiness, sweet citrus and floral notes. Long, crisp finish.
Mouth Feel: Light to medium body, well carbonated. Very smooth.
Overall: Gabe stated he was going for "hop flavor that gets somewhat balanced by back-end malt sweetness" and we feel he succeeded. That balance makes Big Cypress IPA an easy drinking IPA that we could definitely see drinking year-round.
Final Score: 3.85
Comments: We didn't find that Big Cypress IPA quite had the "smack-you-in-the-face" quality that Gabe was going for. Cranking the aroma and flavor up while keeping the balance would certainly result in an even better score.