Local Beer Review: Temperance Escapist

Local Beer Review: Temperance Escapist
Temperance Beer Co. Escapist IPA. Photo by Mark McDermott

Well, no matter how much you care for the game, or the teams in it, that was a great Super Bowl. Now time to sit back and pop open another local beer. Becasue I didn't really need to set up a Boston beer vs. Philadelphia beer showdown.

Temperance Beer Co. has been making beer in the formerly dry town of Evanston since 2013. They quickly moved from kegging to packaging in cans. Escapist came around about a year into their operation, and now seems to be one of their flagship brews. It's listed as an American India Pale Ale, with their materials referring only to "Citrusy aroma hops and the right amount of bittering." It's a little bit stronger than general beers, at 6.7% abv.

Popping the tab gives a nice big, fresh citrus and slight pine nose from hops. The beer is golden and quite hazy, lots of floaty particles like in, say, a Bell's beer. There's a fluffy white head that settles out pretty quickly after the pour is done.

The taste has more of those hops in the front. More resin in the lead, followed closely by citrus. There's a bit of a floral note, too, so there may be some hops at work besides the usual Cascade and Citra. The strong malt is present in a golden ale backing and in some sticky beer on the lips. There's a bitter, but easy aftertaste that sticks around for a few minutes past the last swallow.

It's a good strong-tasting beer. Plenty of APA hops, but they do not overstay their welcome. It took a few months for Temperance to dial in the kinds of beers they wanted, but now this is one of their better efforts.

Disclaimer: I purchased this beer myself for review.

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