Pizza Port Spitting Cobra IPA
You may have seen my other post in the last couple of days about the Heady Topper YM and I tried at the Craft Beer Co. This beer blew my mind, it was an all out explosion of hops that was so neatly crafted the flavours complemented each other rather than trying to be a ‘hop bomb’ that so many big ABV IPAs are.
Pizza Port is a brewery I haven’t had the pleasure of hearing much about, until now. It seems like the two owners, brother and sister Vince and Gina take pride in all that they do, as well as being entrepreneurs in both the pizza and craft beer scene. They originally opened their first restaurant in ‘87 and established themselves as one of the best brewpubs in the region, with Vince home brewing from the back of the pizza shop.
Over the years both the restaurants and brewing have flourished, and they now own a collection of pizza-pubs around the US. I was really lucky then to try this at the Craft Beer Co., as these beers are usually not available in the UK and aren’t available in Australia to the best of my knowledge.
The Spitting Cobra IPA pours a cloudy amber colour, with a small off white medium head, giving off tropical fruit aromas, blackberries, grapefruit and even a hint of lemon. On the palate the beer has a lovely malt backbone that leads into a medium bitter aftertaste, with a lingering dryness of tropical fruits.
This is a gorgeous IPA to have on tap, and while it may be no Heady Topper, I still rate this one quite highly in terms of being an all-rounded complete beer.
Bought for £3 (for a half pint) from the Craft Beer Co.