Shining a Much Needed Spotlight
A Review of Morven's Alley IPA by Bull City Burger and Brewery
Posted on 10/19/2012 by Chops
                   
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In today's craft beer world, it is exceedingly difficult to create a memorable IPA. I wouldn't say the style has been hijacked by the craft beer movement, but it's certainly been abused. If the standard lager is the overly focused style of Big Beer, then the IPA is the overly focused style of craft beer. The spectrum is so massive at this point that it takes some serious commitment to explore it. On one end you have zero-IBU experimental brews and on the other end you have BrewDog's 41% Sink The Bismarck Imperial IPA. It's complete insanity. So when you find a quality IPA that stands out, you have an unwritten obligation as a craft beer fan to shine a spotlight on it. Today I shine a spotlight on the Morven's Alley American Style IPA from Bull City Burger and Brewery.

In the glass, this beer has a hazy burnt orange coloration. It comes with a creamy white head that has really good retention. On the nose, I found a sweet malty aroma with a candied fruity vibe. It's a very warm citrus aroma that has a defined sweetness to it. It's very welcoming for the style and has you eagerly anticipating that first sip. The intro alone goes a long way in establishing this beer as a unique experience. There is no harshness, dryness, or aggressive bitterness. A warm sweet citrus reigns supreme, which opens it up to general drinkers and hop heads alike.

Right away you can tell that Morven's Alley is much smoother than your average IPA. There is a tangy quality to the mouthfeel that usurps a harsh bitterness. The base itself takes on a thicker syrupy vibe that goes a long way in quelling any hop aggression. But, that's not to say that the hop profile isn't assertive. There is still a noticeable sharp hop bite, but it's softened by the malt profile and is easily tolerable. The flavor train slowly transitions from a sweet candied malt to a dry bitter finish. It's well balanced, very flavorful, and generally accessible.

Overall, the Morven's Alley American Style IPA from Bull City Burger and Brewery is a delicious IPA with lots of savory character. Its aggression is not distracting and its bitterness is not underwhelming. Consequently, this IPA can easily satisfy hop heads as well as novices. Hop heads will view this beer as a rich and malty session version. Novices on the other hand will view this beer as an accessible yet complex intro into the IPA style. Morven's Alley is yet another reason to pay close attention to the Bull City Burger and Brewery. BCBB already had the full attention of this beer geek, and Morven's Alley is merely icing on the cake.

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