The Shack - Ship Bottom Brewery
As the summer quickly approaches and with it, Memorial Day - it's time to revisit a classic beach town IPA. The Shack from Ship Bottom Brewery is probably one of the most underrated IPA's brewed in New Jersey. Although I love keeping beer secrets to myself sometimes, there are some that just need to be shared. The Shack has everything that an IPA loved looks for in a beer. Sure it might not necessarily be a juice bomb or a haze monster, but that doesn't mean that it is without its merits... besides, I'm not always in the mood for one of those and sometimes just want an easy-drinking beer hovering at 7% ABV that has the perfect blend of piney with juicy.
As you can see in the pictures, it's got that perfect yellow color going for it - completely into the East Coast style with very little malt presence to it. It is absolutely perfect for summer sipping and will satiate people looking for a hoppy beer. There's some bite to it, something that seems to be prevailing within Ship Bottom beers and in the 12oz format, I love that I can have this beer and just sip.
Give Ship Bottom a visit while you're down by the shore this summer and grab The Shack if you want a very, very solid and well made IPA. And if you want to enjoy your experience even more, get The Shack AND the Barnacle Bottom Stout. Drink The Shack and by the time you finish that, BBS will have hit its utmost point of temperature excellence. Salud!