Flat 12 Half Cycle IPA

Written by

I brought a 6 pack back from the brewery in Indianapolis; not realizing one can purchase this fine beer right across the river.  I poured the 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass. The body was a deep straw color – clear and bright. The modest white head left a significant amount of lacing in the glass.

According to their website, “the Half Cycle is so named due to its marriage of single and double IPA characteristics. In baseball parlance, a single and double is half of “the cycle”.  While I’m not really a fan of baseball, I do love IPAs – single and double strength.

The smell of Half Cycle was very citrusy with notes of pine and hay. Pungent hops and a mild hard candy sourness.

The taste had a nice bitter smack but with enough sweetness to give it some complexity. The flavor mirrors the aromas well.  Sweet, pithy oranges with a robust orange peel bitterness.  The fresh hops bitterness dominates the mild, juicy sweetness.

The body of this was medium and the carbonation was right where it should be. Some may say it is too far out of balance – but I really enjoy this lopsided West Coast style of IPA being brewed in Indianapolis.

Cresant Smith is a native of Kentuckiana who thinks, talks, reads, and writes too much about beer. The only thing that rivals her passion for beer may be her love of hockey. A self described “Beer Nerd” who loves to backpack, ride her motorcycle, and travel, especially when seeking out new brewpubs and hunting for beers she hasn’t yet experienced!

Episode 33: Wrapping up #HLCBW

Podcast 33 is live from the Against the Grain Recovery Brunch marking an end to our first ever Halfway to […]

Moss the Boss, his Dazzling, and what they taught me about “craft.”

In my view, the “craft” modifier for better beer has outlived its usefulness, at least without earnest industry-wide introspection as […]

Halfway to Louisville Craft Beer Week Diary- Day 4

Day 4 of Halfway to Louisville Craft Beer Week was all about one thing, Against the Grain’s Bo & Luke […]

Halfway to Louisville Craft Beer Week Diary- Day 3

Ok, I hate to admit this folks, but I missed out on one of my planned events.   It’s been an […]

Halfway to Louisville Craft Beer Week Diary- Day 2

Day 2 of Halfway to Louisville Craft Beer Week has come and gone for this old man, so let’s rehash […]

Numbers don’t lie and IPAs on the rise in 2013

With CBC (Craft Brewers Conference) happening last weekend in Denver, lots of data came out regarding  the last year in […]