New England Brewing Coriolis
By: Daniel Marcoux
Local breweries. Some of them are admired because hey, they make beer and hey, they’re in my back yard. The problem with a lot of them, however, is that the beer is often marginal, yet people support them because they’re the little guy. Luckily for those in New England, many breweries can be local if they’re split only between 6 states, two of them being the smallest in the union. Enter New England Brewing Company. Located in Woodbridge, Connecticut, this is the beer mecca for all Connecticut residents and should certainly not be overlooked in this hex-state area. The most hard to come by brew in any liquor store in the Constitution State is ironically made in the Constitution State (which no question is Gandhi Bot made by… yup, you guessed it, New England Brewing). As great is Gandhi Bot is, their brewery only stuff is usually better by miles, and one of those beers happens to be Coriolis, an intensely bitter double IPA. Is it worth the drive? Time to run them numbers…
First Impression: Though the brew is only available at NEB Co., it’s an enjoyable experience at the brewery as they let you sample everything and anything on tap. A nice distraction as you get your growler filled.
Pour: Partly cloudy with a chance of hops. Really nice and hazy and incredibly inviting to drink – love me my unfiltered IPAs. The smell on this guy is that of tropical fruits, earthy hops, grapefruit, and citrus (not surprising for an all Nelson IPA). As my glass neared its end, the grain from the brew could really be identified too. I’d say German malt that’s bready and biscuity like mom’s homemade dinner rolls.
Taste: Dank, dank, dank. The hops in here are super earthy and (pardon me for mentioning it again,) dank. There is certainly no confusing this for an IPA. The tropical notes subside, but this IPA is still very juicy. The most prominent of all the fruits is the grapefruit in the brew – it’s very bitter, but not in an unpleasant way and Coriolis is extremely thirst quenching for an IPA – I could drink this all day. I find it more assertive and bitter than a beer like Heady Topper which has a ton of tropical flavors, but not a big hop punch. Coriolis definitely has that hop uppercut to the jaw as you drink and it’s in your face. At first it can be a bit much, but as you drink it just gets better and better. I am really diggin’ on this brew. Mouth feel and carbonation are perfect, although the dank and resiny taste of the brew can make it seem a bit syrupy. For a double IPA, it has a very nice drinkability. One thing that I do notice is that the grain profile in here does shine through as it did in the smell. Not too many uber IPAs have the ability to do that, but I really admire how NEB Co. can pack such a hop punch, yet is delicate enough to allow the malt to peak through.
Final Impression: This beer is an unbelievable hopped up IPA with a great aroma, taste, and finish. The one knock on this beer is that it’s brewery only, not brewed often, and sells out quick. It can be tough to get your hands on it, but it’s worth driving for. (And as a side note, they do fill growlers from other breweries).