Beer of the Week: Kismet IPA
From Mother Earth Brewing Co.
Posted Friday, September 21, 2012, 08:57AM
Kismet IPA from Mother Earth Brewing Co. (7.2% alcohol by volume)
Many hear the term IPA and think one thing—bitter. That’s a fair assessment. IPAs are bitter. But that’s only one facet of their flavor profile, which can vary greatly based on the types of hops used to create them. When it comes to favorite hop varieties, I am a big fan of Nelson hops, which bring on a hugely citric flavor similar to that of orange peel; a nuance I also appreciate in Belgian wits and saisons, which are often brewed with actual orange peel. This single IPA lets bitterness take a backseat to the fruity characteristics of the Nelson giving it its tasty and refreshing flavor. It’s the perfect brew for fighting the record heat of our sweltering and seemingly endless summer.
If you haven’t been to Vista in a while, you might not recognize the section of Main Street running through their very new Old Town area. The City has worked to install some big draw businesses, making for a vibrant thoroughfare with great appeal for citizens and visitors alike. One of the chief additions to the area is the Mother Earth Tap House (206 Main Street), the second and largest venue for Vista-based Mother Earth Brew Co. A homebrewing supply storefront gives way to a huge warehouse-like tasting room given color and character with attractive company banners and beer-label artwork. It’s a far cry from the smallish business park suite they used to operate out of and a great place to check out this and their other expansive line of rotating beers.
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