Through all of the haze, there will be beers that will shine through, there will beers that will get lost and then there will be beers that rise to the top. That is where Tilted Barn’s Milo’s Phoenix can be found. The haze can be the seemingly endless amount of hazy, juicy, hoppy unfiltered New England IPA’s that any beer lover who lives on the east coast, especially here in New England, can drive just a few minutes or miles away, and get a pour, a growler fill or some pint cans to take home. We are right in the middle of some of the best NEIPA’s and NEIIPA’s, and I love being here.
Tilted Barn Brewery is a farm brewery located in Exeter, RI. Canning runs are on Fridays and Saturdays and are usually small runs of two types of beer per week. You will have to wait in line, where you will most likely meet people from all over the east coast that are there for the same reason you are. There’s always a good conversation going on, I’ve made friends every time I’ve gone, and I’ve made really good beer trade connections. The last time I was there I met four guys that drove from Philadelphia, who had hit up Treehouse brewery before coming to the barn. So there is no doubt that the word is out about Tilted Barn, and there is a reason it is. They make outstanding beers.
Milo’s Phoenix is an American IPA, at 6.8 ABV and 79 IBU. The label design is beautiful, as with all of their cans. Colorful collages that pop on white backgrounds. The can date on this can is 9/12/17. The beer pours a beautiful hazy orange with a white, one finger head that dissipates fairly quick. The nose on this is oranges and citrus fruit upfront, a subtle bubblegum sweetness in the middle, then pine and weed weave their way in. A rock of the glass reveals some nice carbonation, and a very slight lacing on the glass. The taste follows the nose, it’s all fresh squeezed oranges and citrus upfront, that bubblegum is there in the background, and the finish is a nice bitter pine and citrus pith. The mouthfeel on this beer is soft and creamy, mildly effervescent. It’s a great mix of orange juice, with the perfect subtle amount of bitterness to make it taste like an IPA. I wouldn’t call this a juice bomb, it’s juicy but it’s not a basket of fruit, or pine, as with some of their other beers that I’ve tried. This is seriously a perfectly balanced IPA, with a nice mouthfeel to make you know that you are drinking something special. I’ll see you in line on Friday’s at the barn.
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