Beer Review | Big Grove Easy Eddy NE Style IPA - The Iowa Beer Blog

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Beer Review | Big Grove Easy Eddy NE Style IPA

BREWERY: Big Grove
BEER: Easy Eddy
STYLE: New England IPA
ABV: 6.5%

First, I want to thank my friend Kevin for running this beer over to West Des Moines from Iowa City. He was kind enough to snag a four pack of this release last week at the Big Grove taproom and haul it across Iowa. This was my first taste of this beer and it did not disappoint.

My initial thoughts, Fulton Hopstar. Now, these aren't exactly the same beer as there's a slight difference in the hop blend and of course, Hopstar is a "session" beer coming in under 5% ABV. Easy Eddy can slap you in the face and make it a hard night if you're not too careful. That 6.5% doesn't show up at with this crusher.

Big Grove uses Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe in the mix. The previously mentioned Hopstar swaps out Simcoe for Amarillo. Both beers have a light straw color and hazy appearance typical of the NE IPA style. Easy Eddy hits you with a blast of hops on the nose and the lack of bitterness and oat-y mouthfeel make this a winner.

This beer was one of the first to come off the new BG canning line. There's others planned for a limited distribution footprint to start in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids region before expanding West to Des Moines in the near future. This is the kind of flagship beer that if canned regularly will help Big Grove reach out beyond Des Moines if that's their intent.

Before that, this guy just hopes to see these cans on local shelves sooner rather than later. I would buy this regularly in cans, crowlers and kegs even. This is a golf course beer. A lawn mower beer. A tailgate beer. A shower beer.

OVERALL: 4.25 bottle caps (out of five)

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