A little over a week ago, Patrick and I headed out (on a school night) to attend the debut of Christian Moerlein's newest IPA, Big Piney. Admittedly my days of being over the moon for IPAs have passed. I think when I checked this in on Untapped, I got the Level 38 baggage for "I Believe in IPA," but there was something not quite hitting the right notes for me for this one. It has a bold, pine needle and citrusy flavor with some maltiness to it but ultimately it was underwhelming. I rated it 3.75 because it does what it says it will do, but the danky forwardness must be better suited for someone else.
We were discussing that it does seem that Moerlein tends to go with some safer recipe selections, sticking close to good traditional lager and ales. If ain't broke, don't fix it, right? I am interested in their attempts to go a little bolder and further, but not so far-fetched to suggest some weirdo combination of sriracha + mushroom + anchovy silliness for the sake of "innovation" or whatever. That being said, their King Pin Cream Ale was a good, safe, and pretty delicious selection we followed up after trying the Big Piney. It tasted like a traditional cream ale, with more of a lager fullness than say, my past summer favorite of their Strawberry Pig Cream Ale. I think the thing I discovered with King Pin is that I really like the fruitiness of other cream ales more than a simple cream ale, but nevertheless I would definitely order this one again if given the chance.