Aug. 28 2014 12:00 AM

I drink it so you don't have to -- you probably still should, though

2014-08-23 18.09.15
A beer this good doesn't need even rudimentary framing skills
Photo credit: Ian Cheesman
I'm a little late on this beer review. I usually try to time these so that my brilliant and indescribably beautiful readers can translate my guidance into a purchase before the beer in question leaves the shelves. Given that Anno Quatro, an Imperial IPA from Mike Hess Brewing, is a one-time anniversary beer, I'd wager supplies on this brew are getting pretty lean (though I was able to pick one up just last weekend). However, even if I am indeed late to the game, this beer simply deserves its moment in the sun.

The bright-orange-amber brew doesn't have a head so much as a lid. It's seriously formidable. It's like a delicious beer plug. I know that sounds kind of disgusting, but it isn't, I promise. Even with a head that substantial, it still allows dank citrus aromas to slip out from within.

I've referred to many IPAs as "aggressive" before, but the hop punch on this feels like it's fighting for the title. It's sticky with heavy notes of pine and a supporting cast of melon, apricot and citrus fruits in the periphery. It has a warming booziness to it (not entirely unexpected for 10.75-percent ABV), but it feels appropriate relative to the flavor onslaught it delivers.

The finish is much cleaner than I would expect for such a hop-forward brew. That's not to say it's clean, though. There's a pleasant bitter resin on this that extends its life significantly.

The Anno Quatro may well be the most substantial Mike Hess Brewing offering I've had to date (which, in a world where Venator exists, is really saying something.) Get it while if you can.

Calendar

  • Known as the ‘Official Scripps National Spelling Bee Watch Party for Adults,’ guests can cheer on kids in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on ESPN before competing in a spelling bee themselves
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • A mass action against the closing of the UCSD University Art Gallery. Participants will meet at the Silent Tree (located near the Library Walk) and march together toward the Gallery
  • Local science illustrator Melissa Walter presents new abstract works that are literal interpretations of astronomical theories
  • So Say We All invites listeners to hear stories about real life, the internet, the ways those places intersect or the way they don't intersect at all, told by seven locals
  • The author, comic book writer, and son of Stephen King will sign his new apocalyptic thriller, The Fireman
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