Our second round with Community Beer Works bring us to That IPA, a very refreshing yet flavor dense Session IPA! Typically if I’m ever out and see Community Beer Works on tap, one of them is That IPA. With good reason too, following the name, this isn’t just any IPA it’s That IPA. I’m hoping by the time you are done reading this you will know why. I was easily convinced after finishing my first pint some years back. So let’s see what That IPA is all about!
The Beer: That IPA by Community Beer Work
Style: Session IPA
ABV: 4.9% IBU: 42
Malts: Canadian Two Row
On their website Community Beer Works provides a nice outlook on what to expect when enjoying a glass of That IPA.
‘Light & extremely drinkable: We start with a malt background designed to enhance the hop character, then layer Mosaic and Simcoe hops resulting in a bright, expressive beer. That IPA won the Bronze Medal for Session IPAs at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival!’
Crack That Open
That IPA possesses a very refreshing appearance pouring a pleasant golden pale straw color with a thick and creamy head to top it off.
The accompanying aromas are just as refreshing. Initially there is a strong Mosaic presence with a berry medley aroma. Then to back that up is a soft pine aroma that floats in and out with each sniff, maybe a touch of Simcoe. In the background is a noticeable citrus aroma that brings in the rear. When I first starting admiring the aromas I didn’t catch the honey at first, but now after giving it some time I think it’s there floating around. I’m not entirely sure, but I’m quite positive there is some. Let me know what you think with a comment!
Down The Hatch
That IPA opens with more of a combination between the malt background spoken of on Community Beer Works website and citrus flavor. There is some Mosaic floating in there leaving a nice berry medley flavor as well, but this is much softer than the malts and citrus flavor. Once I hit mid sip I am noticing more of a pine flavor coming through. The Simcoe and Mosaic hops come together very well at this point. As odd as it sounds the pine and berry flavors dance around each other very well. Neither of them seek to cancel each other out. After mid sip the pine does become more powerful though and seems to take over all the way through into the aftertaste. Again there is some malt flavor floating around with the pine, but the pine is definitely the stronger of the two.
The swallow of That IPA is exactly what you would expect with a Session IPA. There is a flavor punch, in this case pine, but still remarkably smooth with minimal bitterness. When the aftertaste kicks it there is a bit of thicker mouthfeel infused with pine. The overall body of the beer is on the lighter side. Making That IPA all the more enjoyable as a Session IPA.
That IPA is the Session IPA I will drinking throughout the summer. Totally refreshing and drinkable but still packed with flavor. I assure you the ‘malt background enhances the hop character.’ The two of them walk hand in hand, with the malt pushing the hop forward ensuring you pick up on every hop flavor. I’m not sure there is much more I can say besides That IPA is a beer you should try if you haven’t, I would be surprised if you didn’t enjoy it.