During my last trip to Ladyface I decided to fill my trusty Ladyface growler, but sadly they weren’t allowing growler fills on their DIPA Cheseboro IPA. Instead, I picked up 64 oz. of their standard IPA. This india pale ale is available year round and as an ABV of 5.9%.
An adaptation of an English Pale Ale reflecting indigenous ingredients and West Coast flavors. Moderately hopped, showing a citrus hop character with medium-bodied balance.
Ladyface IPA pours a copper with tiny bubbles floating through it. The head starts out as a massive hat of eggshell-colored foam, but fades to an inch after a few moments.
The smell is a blast of pine forest with faint hints of peaches planted somewhere in there. I also picked up a caramel malt like sweetness trying to fight its way through the hops.
Liquid pine needles attack your tongue as you take your first drink. This blast of hops is such and assault that it’s hard to focus on any one particular flavor. And sadly, this is not a good thing. There’s a graham cracker backend that tries to balance out the hops, but it may be too little too late. In a first in my beer tasting “career” I detected a pizza dough flavor in the after taste.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with major stickiness. Don’t let the light body fool you, this beer leaves behind a ton of hop residue. Even though the beer is only 5.9% there is still a noticeable alcohol heat presence in the mouth.
Ladyface IPA doesn’t quite succeed in what it sets out to do. They claim that it’s made in the English Pale Ale style, but the hops are way to prominent for it to be thought of as anything other than another West Coast IPA. Sadly the taste is nothing more than a hop blast that mucks up your taste buds and leaves your mouth numb to any other flavors that may be present. I hope their DIPA is more discernible.
Overall: 4.5 out of 10
As an INDIA PALE ALE: 4 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Bear Republic RACER 5 IPA, Lagunitas IPA, Flying Dog SNAKE DOG IPA