Firestone Walker Fortem Double IPA
The first time this brand new Double IPA has hit Maine. Firestone Walker saw the writing on the wall with the more malt forward, bitter West Coast style IPA and discontinued their classic Double Jack IPA last year. This beer gives a slightly bready malt profile, no crystal malts, that gives way to tons of citrusy and tropical fruit from the mix of hops as it is brewed wtih Cascade, Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, Halltertau Blanc and Mandarina Bavaria. Here's the description from the brewery: "Fortem is a new-age imperial IPA that draws upon a range of influences, all while exhibiting DNA from our own forays into the IPA style. As such, it blends newer hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest and Hallertau, Germany along with pale malt, wheat malt and flaked oats for a full body and rounded mouthfeel. Fortem has been left unfiltered for a full hop impact."