MadTree Brewing has been around town for a few months now but only this week did they start canning their beer. As of the time this post is going up they only have PsycHOPathy canned but Gnarly Brown and Happy Amber will be filling the aluminium sometime in the next week or two. Shortly after that, around mid-April, you’ll start seeing the cans pop-up around town! If you’re like me and impatient though then head on down to the brewery for a pint on draft and a 6-pack ($10) to take home!
If you follow other Cinci beer blogs, you’ve no doubt already heard lots this week about MadTree. They’ve been on a bit of a beer blog spree which is great news for them and our fellow beer bloggers! That said I’m not going to focus too much on the brewery, if you want that info, please check out our friend Brew Prof’s post: MadTree cans roll off the line and make history. He did a fantastic job on that, and there is only one thing he’s missing a beer review! [Ed. note: three years after writing this, Brew Prof is now MadTree’s
HR manager Director – People and Social Strategy.]
Brewery: MadTree Brewing
Fantastic rich golden hues topped with a frothy head of white foam. The head slims down quick but sticks around and leaves lacing along the way.
Bountiful citrus hop aroma with loads of grapefruit and orange action. You can tell that this is a very fresh product, canned just two days ago after all.
Great malt body balances all this hop action. Lots more pungent hop action here with plenty of orange citrus love. Bitterness is on the high side of medium but is not off-putting at all.
Super carbonated mouthfeel, but not overly so; that costs your tongue in a scourging wave of bubbles. The body is on the light side of medium. This body pairs great with the steak I grilled on this beautiful evening.
Overall a fantastic IPA and this is now my favorite local packaged IPA, a spot previously contested between Moerlein’s Northern Liberties and Rivertown’s Hop Baron. The 6.9% is pretty average for an IPA but a bit low in my opinion. However, it’s light enough that I’m currently on my third and buzzed but not quite drunk yet. So I won’t say it’s sessionable .. but I won’t say it’s not 😉
Here’s hoping for much success for MadTree in their future! [Ed Note: three years later and pending an $18 million dollar expansion, it’s pretty safe to say they’ve had that success!]