Tupps IPA by Tupps Brewery

Tupps IPA by Tupps Brewery

Tupps IPA by Tupps Brewery

Tupps IPA by Tupps Brewery

I’ll lead off with the description from the Tupps website because it is extremely to the point.

“An India Pale Ale brewed with 100% centennial hops and a Texas flair.”

Extremely to the point.

Pretty much every brewery in North Texas offers an IPA, so for me that is generally a good starting point with a new brewery.  This is the first Tupps beer to hit DFWBrews.com, so no pressure guys.

Also, here is a little background on Centennial Hops from YCHHops.com in case you need it:

Bred in 1974 and released by Washington State University in 1990, Centennial is an aroma type cultivar that has found favor as one of the most popular varieties for craft brewers. It is often referred to as a super-Cascade and can also be used for bittering purposes. Derived from 3/4 Brewer’s Gold, 3/32 Fuggle, 1/16 East Kent Golding, 1/16 unknown and 1/32 Bavarian.”

Now for the taste test:

Tupps IPA pours out a slightly hazy copper color with a head of white foam.

I got the classic IPA aromas of pine and grapefruit right up front.  There was also a fruity sweetness to the smell and maybe a slightly bready note way in the background.

Tupps IPA in glass

Tupps IPA in glass

This beer is bitter hops on full display.  It has a really clean and crisp flavor, but I didn’t get much in the way of fruit at all.

There is a nice malty backbone to the beer that helps to balance out all of the bitter.  I thought that I got a slight bit of residual sweetness from the malts in the mix, as well.

This might be the DFW IPA that most features bitterness without really any other hops flavor characteristic making much of an appearance, and that made it unique to me.

It seems like everyone else is using Citra and Mandarina and some of the other really fruit forward hops, but you don’t get any of that in Tupps IPA.

So my verdict on this beer is that it’s a really good and uncomplicated IPA.  If you aren’t a big hop head then I would suggest a different Tupps beer, but otherwise I think that you will appreciate all of the the bitter flavor.

This was a good start for me with Tupps Brewery.  Their cans seem to be available all over now, so keep an eye out.

I have some of their Black Ale which I guess is a sort of sweet stout in my fridge, so stay tuned for that review.

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