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Gravely Brewing Power Chord IPA

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Ahhh, the West Coast IPA. With the rise of popularity for the Northeast IPA in Louisville, thanks mostly to the omnipresence of Mile Wide Beer Co.’s Tessie IPA, it seems our old friend the West Coast IPA has lost some traction. But I, for one, am still a fan, and this one will do a palate up right.

Power Chord, but the recently-opened Gravely Brewing Co., gets its name by way of inspiration by Dio’s brain-rattling song, “Holy Diver,” from the mid-1980s. The beer itself is more pleasing to the average palate, but if Dio is your thing then, hey, this beer might rock you just as hard. (For the record, I love Dio’s Holy Diver album because it’s what teen-age dreams are made of.)

With 65 IBU, the bitterness is prominent but not prevalent; the hops are forward, with tropical notes in the aroma and the flavor, but the bitterness doesn’t overpower your palate. In short, it’s just a really strong effort in terms of paying tribute to a style loved by so many. And it portends good beers to come from Gravely and brewer Cory Buenning. Cheers to new beers.