Every summer for the past three years, the Shapiro Brewery has been bringing out a seasonal India pale ale, brewed to the same recipe except for the hops. This year, they’re using Simcoe, a proprietary hop from the U.S., known for its pungent, citrusy and piney aroma. The alcoholic content has remained 6.5% every year.
The Shapiro 2017 IPA pours out a clear reddish amber. In addition to the citrus, we got some aromas of tropical fruits, specifically passion fruit and mango. The taste is bitterer than the aroma suggests it might be, but it doesn’t overpower the fruit and citrus flavors. Ripe mango remains predominant here as well.
In short, the Shapiros have once again brought out an excellent seasonal IPA — balanced, mid-bitter, full of delicious fruit flavors.