Style: New England Farmhouse IPA
Typecast is a wonderful collaboration between Two Roads, and Lawson’s Finest Liquids. This tasty New England Farmhouse IPA is brewed with white cedar branches and spruce tips, and then dry hopped with Vermont and Connecticut grown hops. Sean Lawson of Lawson’s Finest Liquids has won multiple awards for his IPAs, so I think its safe to say he knows a thing or two about IPAs. Phil Markowski, of Two Roads Brewing is adept to the farmhouse style. It seems like it was simple in trying to decide what style of beer to collaborate on when these two fine gentleman sat down to pick each others brains. Lawson’s Finest Liquids is based out of Vermont, and Two Roads is based out of Connecticut. Lawson’s Finest added an alternating proprietorship at Two Roads Brewing in Stratford, CT where their flagship IPA’s (Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session) are brewed by Lawson’s Finest. It is then packaged into kegs and cans and distributed through their own wholesale company.
Lets dig in and see what this beer is all about. When I cracked open this can I could immediately smell the farmhouse yeast. I poured the beer into a pint glass and watched the off-white head rise quickly, and then die down just as fast. The straw colored body lent aromas of sourdough bread, farmhouse funkiness, pine, hay, a bit of spicy notes such as pepper and clove, and cedar as it warmed. These aromas also translated the same right onto the palate, with notes of pine, white pepper, cedar wood, and spicy hop notes with light fruity esters. I thought it had a light to medium body, yet it was extremely soft with its easy medium carbonation. It finishes dry and well attenuated with barely any length, and no noticeable bitterness.
Overall this beer is delicious and left me wanting another one. However, I’m not sure I understand where the IPA comes into play in this beer. Seems more like a New England style Saison, with its soft mouthfeel, and low bitterness typical in saisons. This all being said, I would still pick up another four pack if I get the chance to come across one. Cans and draft for this beer will be distributed throughout the states of VT, NY, MA, RI, ME, NH, CT, NJ, PA, DE, VA, MD, DC, CO.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 pints!