The StaRPM India Pale Ale has just dropped down here. The new collaboration between Ecliptic Brewing and Boneyard beer pours with a hazy yellow coloreation and a fair amount of off-white head. There’s a small amount of astringent and floral notes that issue forth from the IPA, while the initial quaff will link together both piney and more apricot-y notes. There’s a great amount of balance here that ensures that the brew is assertive while not being off-putting. StarRPM would do perfectly when paired with cuisine that is similarly assertive in its flavoring. Pair it with a spicy Pad Thai or a properly deep BBQ and you’ll be pushing each element’s flavor profile to a whole new plane. As StaRPM begins to reach room temperature, a slightly sweeter set of flavors bubble up to the surface. There’s still a coherent base of hops that are present in the later drinks from the pounder – the combination of Citra, Simcoe, Centennial, Azacca, Amarillo works from beginning to end. I see this as an evolutionary step forward for the India Pale Ale style. By building upon the traditions of both the West Coast IPA style of the 1990s with the juice bombs of the early 10s, Ecliptic and Boneyard have made something that is strong while flexible enough to showcase a number of twists and turns.
NeuFutur has previously covered Ecliptic’s Hoku-Lele, Vega #6, Sedna, Callisto, Orange Giant barleywine, Five Years / Five Beers (Hazy Double IPA), and Meridian Vanilla Stout in the last few years. Have you had a chance to check out any of Ecliptic’s beers over the years? Leave us a comment on this post with your thoughts and impressions about it.
StaRPM IPA is a limited-time release. It came out in February so it should remain on shelves of LBS’s for the next few weeks.
StaRPM IPA (Ecliptic + Boneyard) / 7.1% ABV / 50 IBU / Domain / Facebook / Twitter
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