Review – First Rule IPA from Ninkasi

I was surprised late on a Thursday night by the FedEx guy with a box from Eugene, Oregon. Inside was the latest IPA from Ninkasi, First Rule.

Perhaps Fight Club was on Netflix and that is the reason for the name, or that the movie is old enough that no cease & desist would result. Either way the fist on the label, promises a punch of hops. But what I get is a minty/grassy aroma. The ale pours a slightly unfiltered orange color. AS the beer warms up a little I detect a citrus bitterness with my tastebuds thinking lime as the lead. The barley is hidden way beneath the bitterness and citrus. A solid IPA with enough differentiation to make it noticeable in a crowded style field.