Beer Review: PIZZA PORT / NOBLE ALE WORKS LIGHT HOUSE DOUBLE IPA

Beer Review: PIZZA PORT / NOBLE ALE WORKS LIGHT HOUSE DOUBLE IPA

The visual allure of Pizza Port and Noble Ale Works’ Light House Double IPA is a testament to the collaboration’s attention to detail. Poured into an imperial pint glass, the clearish bright straw color is complemented by an exquisite foam that persists for several minutes. The can design, a departure from Pizza Port’s regular lineup, is modern, colorful, and energetic, making it the most beautiful can the brewery has ever produced.

Aroma

The aroma of Light House is a symphony of enticing scents. Brilliant starfruit, red mango, papaya, Mandarin orange, sweet Hawaiian rolls, and sugary orange Tang powder tantalize the olfactory senses. The complexity of the fragrance sets the stage for what promises to be a remarkable sensory experience.

Taste

As we delve into the taste profile, Light House lives up to the anticipation generated by its visual and olfactory appeal. The initial notes of sugar and a flash of white alcohol pave the way for an exquisite mid-palate featuring a tropical fruit juice medley and sharp red grapefruit. Unlike many Double IPAs, Light House manages to avoid excessive aggression while maintaining a silky near-oily mouthfeel, achieving a superb balance. The finish is surprisingly abrupt for the style, devoid of lingering bitterness, showcasing the mastery of the two collaborating breweries.

Mouthfeel

One of the distinguishing features of Light House is its mouthfeel, which contributes significantly to its overall appeal. The dense, chewy malt base that Pizza Port is known for takes a step back, offering a more refreshing quality and lightness that deviates from the brewery’s regular lineup. The suspension of more sugar than usual enhances the beer’s balance and drinkability. While not as powerful in tropical hop character as its counterpart Fog Horn, Light House excels with its cleaner, crisper mouthfeel, providing a more complete and satisfying beer experience.

Overall

In the realm of Double IPAs, Light House stands tall, effortlessly bridging the gap between regular and imperial IPAs. With its elevated ABV adding body and power to the experience, Light House avoids the pitfalls of booziness or distracting white alcohol bite. It’s a remarkable brew that underscores why IPA remains the most popular craft beer style. This collaborative creation is a standout, possibly the best Double IPA in recent memory. The plea is simple – please make it again.