Courtside IPA is an American IPA by Knee Deep Brewing Co. whose hoppy palate of citrus and resin is balanced with stone fruit and toasted bread.

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Courtside IPA is an American IPA that’s brewed by Knee Deep Brewing Co. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a 16 oz. can.

Packaging art for the Courtside IPA by Knee Deep Brewing Co.

Packaging art for the Courtside IPA by Knee Deep Brewing Co.

What You Need to Know

The Courtside IPA is powered by just Simcoe hops but that single hop varietal delivers a lot of flavor. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The IPA pours a brilliantly clear golden hue and is topped by a thick cap of rocky white foam that shows good retention. The head’s reduction leaves behind a broad patchwork of sticky residue. Tiny bubbles continuously rise in the glass.

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Aroma

The aroma isn’t particularly strong but wafts the nose with a scent of ripe stone fruit and a hint of floral hops.

Flavor

The palate is led by a taste of lightly toasted bread that transitions to a moderate bite of hoppy citrus and pine resin before rounding out with a taste of sweet stone fruit. There’s a hint of booze in the finish.

Label art for the Courtside IPA by Knee Deep Brewing Co.

Label art for the Courtside IPA by Knee Deep Brewing Co.

Mouthfeel

The tasting has a rounded draw and is smooth through the middle. The finish is crisp, dry, a touch acidic, and its alcohol lends a light warmth. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall

The Courtside IPA presents quite nicely and its aroma — while not strong — is pleasant enough. This brew may only have a single hop varietal but the Simcoe delivers a nice hoppy blast of pine and citrus. That being said, the tasting is balanced nicely and its crisp, dry feel makes for an easy drinking, thirst-quenching beer. Overall, the Courtside IPA is a solid brew, and one you could absolutely enjoy while sitting back on the hardwood.

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