First, I must admit that I am an IPA neophyte. I have tried only one other IPA prior to this (Long Hammer from Redhook) and didn't really care for it. If the New Ireland IPA is representative of other IPAs, then more research is in order
POUR Good carbonation. An moderately aggresive pour resulted in a very nice 5/8" head that hung around for awhile. Not much lacing in a clean glass, but a thin layer of foam stayed present until the very end . Nice!
APPEARANCE Nice rich caramel coloring with some amber hues. Chill haze that was starting to clear as I finished the glass.
AROMA Very nice aroma which hits you just upon opening of the bottle. Not really the "cascade" smell that I was expecting based upon the Long Hammer, but a pleasant aroma that reminded me of orange peel.
PALATE Maltier than I expected it to be, especially finishing at 1019. Very different than the Long Hammer, but in a good way. The extra malt helped to balance out the hops and provide a very drinkable beer. Mouthfeel was right in the middle of the road and complimented the beer nicely.
OVERALL Has changed my outlook on IPAs. If a commercial beer similar to this one existed, I would certainly buy it. I might even try my hand at making it. Be warned however, because this is so smooth, the 7+% ABV kind of sneeks up on you.... Good Work again KnipKnup, thanks for the opportunity to sample your brews...