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In the last few years, a trend originating in Vermont and the surrounding region has slowly began to sweep across the nation. These so-called New England-style pale ales and IPAs offer a distinct twist on the style, providing much of the big hop flavors of West Coast IPAs without the intense bitterness, and tending towards Midwest IPA malt levels for balance and body. In addition, techniques to create a hazy, opaque look (derided by unknowledgeable brewers and beer drinkers as lazy) help suspend volatile hop oils and resins in the beer for greater hop flavor. The intense citrus and tropical notes from the hops used leads many to compare these to drinking a glass or orange or pineapple juice.
At this tasting we'll be trying an assortment of these beers along with a few classics which aren't technically in the category but are notable for similar flavor profiles or hop usage.
I'd like to keep this tasting to about 7 other folks but can go up to 9 if needed. Cost will be about $15-20 or so.
I'm thinking Sunday around 5-6pm is going to be the best option overall, so I'm gonna call that timeslot out. Plan your Sunday Nain Daydrinking accordingly.
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