11545 Sorrento Valley Rd.
San Diego, CA 92121
New English Brewing has been around for a while and has won several awards. They used to run under the name La Jolla Brewery and then around 2007-2008 changed their name to New English. This is the first time I have seen and had one of their bottled beers, not sure if this is because they just started bottling or if I have just not been in the right shops...
IPA (ABV 5.1%)
Pours a clear dark straw/light caramel color.1cm head on first pour. Medium sized bubbles, with very light to no lacing.
Slightly sweet with herbal undertones.
Light malty sweetness on up front with a light bitterness to the sides of the tongue. Finishes with a lingering bitterness which does not overwhelm. Carbonation really pops the front palette and sides of the tongue.
Smooth and medium bodied with a nice crispness that quenches on a warm day.
On initial impression it seems to be more along the lines of a pale ale (think Sierra Nevada Pale Ale). Though after a few sips the bitterness starts to stand out more. This is definately not a typical San Diego/West Coast styly IPA, but I think it slides nicely into the traditional English style IPA category.