When most of us think about imperial IPAs, we think of tons of hops making for big aromas and flavors. What we don’t normally think about is how it’s served. For the most part, these beers are generally served up carbonated with C02 like most brews. Barley John’s TNT Imperial IPA is served up on nitro instead. Opting for nitrogen rather than mixed gas allows some of the hops to really shine through and gives the beer a creamy mouthfeel.
TNT Imperial IPA offers up sweet and toasted bread notes with a rich malty body up front but it’s all about hops here. The nitro shows a nice hop bitterness with plenty of citrus and pine to go around. This brew weighs in with 118IBUs but the nitro does a nice job of softening that blow and really rounding out the flavors to make it easy drinking. Barley John’s TNT Imperial IPA packs the hoppy explosion of a case high explosives.
With cooler weather on the way and the hops about to be picked, you should really stop into Barley John’s for some great food and awesome brew soon. Sit outside on a cool night enjoying a couple beers on their great patio while we watch the leaves change color and bid farewell to summer in Minnesota for the season. Be sure to checkout the other seasonal brews they have on offering as they’re changing fast these days. Say hi if you see me there enjoying a brew or two too.