This is the first beer I have had from this VA brewer and I was impressed. This was a nice well-rounded IPA with a good amount of of body and character. There was a degree of balanced between the hops and malts that worked very well. The hops were very earthy and less floral from the typical American IPA but yet it still fit the style.
St. George IPA poured amber with a weak tan head.
I poured this very cold and the aroma was more malty. After letting it sit for a few minutes to warm up honey and sweet caramel notes developed. In the background were light floral and flowery hops notes.
The flavor was fresh, chocolaty and crisp with subtle but bitter fruity hops notes emerging at the finish. This beer did have a lot of bitter chocolate flavors. There were also earthy grassy notes.
This was a medium body beer with a medium amount of carbonation. The hops imparted an oily texture that I thought helped balance the experience.
I did like this IPA a lot even though the hops were not in your face. To me this seemed to be a very restrained but full flavor IPA with the flavor driven by the malts and the total experience by the hops.