Deadlift was another hit at the St. Paul Beerfest. I quickly noted to pick up a couple of these for the frig and a review. So here goes. If the words “smooth”, “thick”, “complex” and “berryish” appeal to you for a IPA you’ve got to try this. It has a strong hop make up but a lightness that won’t bog you down. This baby is unusual without being weird. The brewers say it’s because of the hops that come from New Zealand. Go New Zealand! But I get ahead of myself.

Deadlift pours a smooth, rich amber with an average off-white head. Nothing out of the normal so far but then you smell it. Piney, hoppy, citrus is what struck me. I knew I was going to love this. First the mouthfeel–thick and rich, smooth and rich! Rich, rich, rich almost oily in the best possible sense. Then I took a sip. The hops and malt take over. This is a wonderful balance of “confident” malt and “robust” hops but not so dominate that you miss the New Zealand berry influence. I love hops but throughout my session I was impressed by the muscle of the malt which provided a slight sweetness and a touch of caramel. My taste buds loved it. Hope you can find Widner Brothers where you are.

ABV 8.6%

Grade: A