Beer Review: B Side (IPA)



Reviews are done by Jim Matt, our Head Brewer, who is also a veteran FoBAB judge, GABF judge, and BJCP Master judge.

Last year we teamed up with Shake It Records to collaborate on a Record Store Day IPA and dubbed it A Side. We had so much fun brewing and grooving and pouring beers in Northside that we figured we’d make it a tradition! Flip it to the B Side IPA (6.8%, 65 IBU), pop the cap, set the spin, and beatbox your grin to these fair dinkum beats of the banana benders. 

Malts: 2-row, wheat and Carared

Hops: Vic Secret, Idaho 7 and Ella

Why are you excited about B Side?

We are following up on the success of A Side IPA with a totally different incarnation and keeping the tradition alive!

What are the notable characteristics of this beer?

Fruity, piney, resiny, light bodied and dry.

 How does B Side relate to other IPAs?

We've procured some Southern Hemisphere hops, and used two of them in this beer, Ella and Vic Secret, to offer a different spectrum of fruit flavors than your typical American “C” hops.

Appearance: Medium yellow color, slightly hazy with a moderate, persistent white head.

Smell: Fruity, with hints of peach, guava, melon along with complimentary star anise spice notes. In addition there is a resiny and piney undertone.

Taste: Medium fruity notes from hops—peach, melon, tangelo, slight grapefruit, finishes slightly piney and “dank.” Very dry, very little malt flavor and slightly grainy.

Mouthfeel: Light body, slightly creamy and little alcohol warmth.

What foods would pair well with B Side?

Pad Thai noodles or falafel.

Ideal glassware for B Side?

Go for an Imperial pint glass just to get those extra few ounces to enjoy!

Published on by Rhinegeist.