The Southampton IPA pours from the bomber a wonderful deep amber orange with a quarter inch of bubbly off white head on top. Steady active carbonation. Hops hit my nose during the pour and under further examination I get a wonderful mixture of densly piney, citric herbal hops. Underneath the hops lies a bready, sweet caramel maltiness. Quite a nicely balanced aroma here.
First sip brings a nice piney, citrusy, herbal earthy hop flavor met by a caramel biscuity sweet malt profile underneath. Fruity and not overly bitter at all...nice balance with sugar coated fresh green hoppy goodness throughout. Finishes clean with a lingering biscuity hop flavor. A tasty IPA that fufills my craving for some hoppy goodness.
Mouthfeel is smooth, a touch creamy with a medium body. Goes down extremely easy and is equally flavorful and refreshing. At 6.5% this could easily be a session IPA. A couple bombers would probably be perfect. Another nicely crafted brew from Southampton.
Overall I gave the Southampton IPA a 3.95 out of 5
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