West coast IPA you say? This new juicy IPA from Ninkasi (previously a one-off release, now part of the permanent lineup) has me wondering whether the Oregon-based brewery has its directions mixed up. Unabashedly fruity with notes of pineapple, orange, and lemon up front, it takes a moment for a surprisingly healthy punch of bitter hops to finally rear up, though even here they percolate alongside plenty of citrus and spice notes. Inviting from sweet start to bitter conclusion and never boring, it’s one of Ninkasi’s best releases in recent memory.
A- / $9 per six-pack / ninkasibrewing.com