Dino DNA

American IPA Wren House Brewing Company

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Dino DNA, an American IPA brewed in the New England style by Wren House Brewing Company

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Dino DNA is an American IPA brewed in the New England style by Wren House Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a can.

Appearance

The NEIPA pours an opaque lemon yellow and is topped by an inch-thick cap of loose, soapy white foam that shows fair retention. The reduction leaves behind a few isolated patches of sticky lace on the glass.

Aroma

The aroma isn’t particularly strong but offers a scent of juicy pineapple and grain. A hint of booze is picked up as the beer warms.

Flavor

The palate begins with a taste of doughy bread that opens up to a juicy bite of bright citrus. Some pine and resin are mixed in for good measure and their mild bitterness lingers through the finish. Sweet and mellow hints of pineapple and passion fruit are picked up on the swallow and then washed over with grain.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is smooth with a medium body that even has a very modest chew. Carbonated moderately, the tasting finishes dryly with a mild astringency.

Overall

Dino DNA certainly looks like a New Englander and the aroma, while faint, is pleasant. More importantly, however, the palate is even better. And its hoppy goodness gets a nice balance of juicy fruit. The feel is spot on and all together, the Dino DNA is pretty darn good brew.

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About the American IPA

The American IPA is the most popular craft beer style in the United States. And for good reason, too. When well crafted, its hoppy goodness delivers intense aromas and flavors that can be citrusy and fruity; floral and piney; earthy and herbal. The hops are complemented by a wide range of malts and other ingredients. It’s a popular playground for brewers to express their creativity and a veritable cornucopia for craft beer connoisseurs.