Cross the Line
First Posted: 3/9/2015
Glassware: The aromatics of this IPA are a true standout. To have the best drinking experience, glassware that helps to capture the aroma is a must. Spiegelau’s IPA glass is most certainly the best choice, but in a pinch, snifters or a nonic pint glass will also get the job done.
Description: County Line IPA pours a hazy gold with a bright white head that leaves behind a thick lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of hop goodness and would make for a wonderful scented candle. Strong notes of pine, citrus fruits (lemons, oranges, and grapefruit), hop resin, and bready malts all intermingle for an aroma that is truly inviting. The taste follows the nose with the hops making their appearance first on the palate with notes of citrus seemingly battling notes of pine back and forth on the taste buds before a semi-sweet biscuit malt washes over to soothe and leave behind a textbook dry finish. The medium body and moderate carbonation are perfect for the style and allow the dry finish to shine through so perfectly. A true West Coast styled IPA done on the East Coast with a lot of style. This is a must try IPA for all hopheads.
Food pairing: Upon the first hint of the aroma in the beer, it is apparent that this is a perfect beer to have with Mexican food. The spices in many of the dishes will perfectly accent the hop selection while the malt bill will help soothe the palate and leave behind a clean, dry palate in between bites. Try pairing this with dishes such as: chicken tostada, Baja style fish taco, chicken mole enchilada, chile relleno, empanada and of course tacos. This is a versatile beer and can go with many other dishes from hamburgers to pizza to sandwiches. The versatility of the beer comes from the perfect balance that keeps the hops and malt in check and makes this a beer to have on hand year round for any dining occasion.
The Final Word: Neshaminy Creek is quickly developing a strong name for itself through brewing beers that are well balanced and flavorful. The brewery also makes some styles that other breweries gloss over like the cream ale which they have a delicious rendition with their Croydon Cream Ale. While they have certainly become known for their DIPA, The Shape of Hops to Come, the brewery is far from a one trick pony. They certainly prove their ability to brew delicious IPAs with County Line. The hops are certainly present but maintain perfect balance in the beer and offer a wide spectrum of flavors that are sure to please any palate. County Line IPA is a must try beer for all IPA lovers looking to expand their palates and Neshaminy Creek is most certainly a brewery to watch closely.
Where can I get it? : Currently available in 12 oz. cans at: Backyard Ale House- Scranton; Cooper’s Seafood- Scranton; Exit 190 Beer Deli- Dickson City; and Georgetown Deli- Wilkes Barre
Remember, enjoy responsibly!