East vs West Coast IPA

*This post is going up a little late! These beers were a special release during the final months of 2018*

Grunting Growler, a fantastic craft beer store in the Glasgow’s West End, has really grown over the last twelve months. This year, the owner created a limited release duo of cans, featuring both West and East Coast IPA varieties. These stay true to the owner’s American roots and gave him an excuse to have some incredible glassware designed! The beers were created with the help of Overtone Brewing Co – a brewery based on the outskirts of Glasgow. Check out their base and more about the brewery here and at Meet the Makers.

Mandatory “East Coast Session IPA” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.89 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 4.7%
  • Style: IPA
  • Serving: Can, 440ml

Fresh from Overtone’s new canning line, this beer featured the iconic landmarks of New York City. It poured a hazy orange and looked incredible in the matching Grunting Growler glass. There was a minute layer of white bubbles, barely enough to form a foam head. Aromas were of pine and tropical fruits; the flavour profile backed this up, forming a slightly tart brew. There was a hoppiness that accented the exotic fruit selection, with passionfruit coming to the forefront, which faded into a deeply resinous bitter finish. It had a moderate-bodied mouthfeel, complemented by light carbonation.

Grunting Growler East Coast IPA

Diagnosis: 4.0/5. “East Coast Session IPA” is exactly what a session IPA should be: light, refreshing and drinkable. Great work from the Grunting Growler and Overtone!

 

Mandatory “West Coast IPA” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.82 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 5.4%
  • Style: IPA
  • Serving: Can, 440ml

The can design was bright: it had colourful warming colours and a picturesque scene of the Golden Gate Bridge. The beer poured an equally bright golden colour, with a medium haze. It had a moderate white foam head, that settled quickly and sat perfectly in my Grunting Growler glass. Aromas were primarily of tropical fruits, but a hint of alcohol was also noticeable. It had a sharp, yet fresh initial taste, which built into a beautiful mix of tropical hops. This juicy beer faded into a mild bitterness at the end but maintained a zingy citrus punch.

Grunting Growler West Coast IPA

Diagnosis: 4.0/5. “West Coast IPA” is less resinous, juicier and equally tasty!

Great work on the collab by Grunting Growler and Overtone. There is very little to separate the performance of these two excellent beers: by the public and by myself, with similarly high ratings across the board! Nothing less that what I would expect from two of my favourite local beer brands. These two beers have come and gone, though the glassware has now become a standout among my growling collection.

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