This week the world was abuzz with the announcement of the new Star Wars cast and given that Sunday is National Star Wars day (May the 4th), this weekend No-Li Brewhouse’s Jet Star Imperial IPA is What’s on Tap!
Since opening in 1993 under the name Northern Lights Brewing (now named No-Li due to another brewery claiming the name “Northern Lights” as their own) head brewer Mark Irving has been creating very smooth and very drinkable brews. Jet Star Imperial IPA is no different, and stakes its’ claim as the ultimate Washington brewed and Washington-grown beer.
Using exclusively hops grown in the state of Washington, Jet Star is full of classic IPA flavor, huge citrus and earthy pine flavors and a nice bitter finish. What I love about Jet Star is that it’s not overpowering. Typically with Imperial IPAs (sometimes called Double IPAs) one of the flavors, the citrus, hops, or even bitter finish, can be too much. This finish can be great once in awhile, but typically after one or two pints I want to move on to a brew less overbearing.
Though Jet Star maintains a 8.1% ABV, and is hopped twice, the beer’s balance sets it apart from other Imperials – in short this is a well brewed beer!
This weekend I am pairing Jet Star with a classic grilled cheeseburger. But instead of cheddar or American cheese I am using blue. The grilled meat will pair nicely with Jet Star’s flavor profile and the beer’s earthy flavors should be a nice compliment to the blue cheese. But regardless of what you are enjoying Jet Star with, here is to the weekend, Star Wars, and a great Imperial Pale Ale.
Style: Imperial IPA
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 8.1%
Bitterness (IBUs): 115
Color: Hazy Orange / Amberish
Hops: Columbus, Cascade, Chinook, Northern Brewer
Dry-Hops: Chinook, Cascade
Malts: Pale 2-Row, Carapils, Crystal