Beer Diary: Mecha (New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company)
Robust, yet accessible, this IPA is packed full of hop flavors minus the usual overwhelming bitterness. You get lots of grapefruit and pine upfront, with a little lemon zest thrown in the mix. Just as the hop bitterness is about to kick in, some sweet malts pop up to mellow things out. There's still a little bite at the end, but not enough to be displeasurable. The 8.8% abv certainly sneaks up on you nicely. All and all, a damn fine beer.