Fountain Square Brewing Hop For Teacher APA (5.4% ABV)
Pour: 12oz. bottle into a snifter
Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a thin, fizzy head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a bit of edging.
Aroma: Sweet, almost cidery – not at all what I was expecting. Maybe a hint of malt in the nose as well.
Flavor: Kind of on the juicy side – sweet, mild hops up front that give way to a slight bitterness in the middle. Slightly malty finish with a mildly bitter aftertaste. This is very nice.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a bit of carbonation to it. Definitely lingers on the teeth and tongue.
After spending the last few weeks discussing beers from the northern part of the state, we’re back in Indy this week for a look at Fountain Square’s Hop for Teacher. Founded in 2010, FSB call themselves a brewery that strives to do something different, and they definitely succeeded with this wonderful and unusual American Pale Ale. Since there are no commercial notes available for the beer, I don’t know what kind of hops they use, but my guess would be it’s primarily Citra hops based on the beer’s tropical, fruity notes. It’s a bit malty in the finish for a pale ale, and at only 45 IBU it’s fairly low on the bitterness scale. The end result is a very smooth, drinkable beer that’s perfect for warm summer evenings when you want something lighter that still has plenty of flavor.