Beer of the Week: Defiant Brewing Co. Medusa IPA

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General Info
Brewery: 
Defiant Brewing Company
Name: Medusa IPA
Country of Origin: USA (Pearl River, NY)

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Basic Beer Info
Type: American IPA
Season: Year-Round
Color: Orange Amber
Strength: 6.8% abv

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Additional Info
Website: Goes Directly to Defiant Brewery Page
TaglineThis monstrous IPA is packed with a frightening amount of hops from three countries: USA, Germany, and England. Look for a delicate malt character  with a floral citrus nose with a slight woody yet balanced finish. Please refrain from looking directly into the glass.

Our Opinion
How We Drank It: Bottle (12 oz) Standard 6 Pack

Taste: Very smooth IPA.  It’s flavorful, has a nice kick to it without the hops being overpowering.  I’ve had plenty of IPAs where the hops would scare off novice IPA drinkers, this is not one of them.  If you’re looking to get into this style, Medusa is a very good candidate.  Delicious, refreshing and minimal after taste.  You can have a couple of these without the taste losing it’s luster.

Review: I’m ashamed to admit this is the first time I’ve tried Defiant despite only living 15 minutes from their brewery/restaurant.  I am a big fan and excited that there is at least one quality microbrewery in my area.  If you’re looking for a legitimate IPA that goes down easy and won’t get you blind drunk grab yourself one of these bad boys.

The Rating
I would rate this beer four caps.  It is an above average IPA that you can’t go wrong with but it’s also not going to blow you away.  There are no real faults with it (unless you consider it is a bit less ABV than many IPAs) but it’s not cracking any top 10 lists either.  All in all a very solid beer that I would highly recommend.

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