Brewery: Summit Brewing Co., St. Paul, Minnesota
Beer: Us & Them 1st Thread (Unchained Series #21)
Serving: 12 oz bottle
Glassware: Imperial Pint
Information: 7.2% ABV
Style: American IPA
Availability: Limited Release (One time only)
Cellaring: Not recommended for extended aging.
It’s hard to look any more beautiful than a crisp golden beer with a tall, lumpy eggshell head that coats the glass in delicate, decorative lacing. Flawless appearance!
With an instantly classic IPA aroma, Summit’s Us & Them American IPA offers undertones of fleshy tropical fruits and mild citrus rind with a poignant grassy and pine needle earthiness. This hoppy delight doesn’t scream unique or different; it’s breaking no molds, but remains a simple-yet-pronounced IPA with a biscuity malt body.
Pine and grassiness come through in the flavor but this American IPA turns from to the aroma’s more nuanced characteristics of tropical fruit and citrus for a burst of flavor. Sweet lemon candy meets a spritz of lime and balled melon and mango chunks over toasted cracker and warm biscuity malt in the background.
The smooth, medium body has a wonderful level of carbonation that tickles the throat prior to the dry, bitter finish of hops. It would be unfair to call this beer “balanced” as it clearly focuses on the hops as any IPA should but it’s certainly not over the top.
Summit’s Unchained Series strikes again with a one-two punch! This American IPA has a great aroma of exactly what you’d expect an IPA to be. It doesn’t push the envelope in any regard but, it’s no wuss either; Us & Them 1st Thread is a well-crafted beer that’s a pleasure for any hop head.
Score: 85 / 100 – Wonderful