Over the last year or so, the growing “eat local” craze has infiltrated the highly competitive craft beer market. Familiar names have been replaced on beer lists with local craft brews, and the coveted shelf space in retail outlets has been grabbed up by these, until recently, unknown breweries.
One of the big players in the market is Magnify Brewing Company, based out of Fairfield, NJ. I haven’t had the pleasure of stopping by the brewery yet, but a tasting event at our Wayne location last week allowed me to finally sample a few of their beers. We had a couple of limited releases, as well as Vine Shine IPA, one of their more widely distributed releases.
This beer was inspired by both East and West coast IPAs. Drawing its dank piney hop character from the West, and its smooth light bitterness, along with its dry “crushabilty” from the East.
Pour: Slightly hazy, straw yellow/gold.
Head: Fairly thin, foamy white.
Nose: Faint hop aromas with hints of citrus.
Palate: Smooth, low bitterness, very modest notes citrus/tropical fruit flavors. Finish is very fresh and clean.
Overall: The brewery describes this one as “crushable.” I would say that is a fair statement. This local brew really hit the spot on a warm spring day. Great intro to the IPA style as it is not over the top with hoppy bitterness.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints