Founded some four years ago by a (now former) evangelical pastor, and named for the 16th-century religious upheaval that brought about Protestantism, Woodstock’s Reformation Brewery is known for being a bit different.
Notably, the company’s year-round portfolio has featured Belgian-style beers, including a dubbel, triple and white ale. But experiments with IPAs and other British and American styles have been ongoing.
The newest is Oren India Pale Ale, which will be released on July 1 in the brewery’s Keeping Room, and available on draft and in cans year-round.
July 1 also happens to be Reformation’s second annual “Set Beer Free Day” celebration leading up to the July 4 holiday.
And Reformation is offering three old favorites, Cadence Belgian-style ale, Jude Belgian-style ale, and Haddy Belgian-style white ale, in a new variety 12-pack.
With all that going on, it seemed like a good idea to make Oren today’s Beer Pick.
Oren India Pale Ale
Reformation Brewery, Woodstock
Available year-round on draft and in cans.
Brewed as part of Reformation’s “Hop Expeditions” program, Oren features Mosaic and Azacca hops and a lighter malt bill. At just 5.5 precent alcohol by volume, it lands on the brighter, lighter, hop-forward side of the IPA style that’s so in demand right now.
Soft and bubbly on the palate, aromas and flavors of orange and grapefruit dominate, along with floral and fruity notes and a hint of papaya, followed by a grapefruit-like bitterness in the dry finish.
Reformation recommends pairing Oren with American cheddar, ballpark favorites, hot wings, and familiar lyrics and comforting melodies that lift the spirit. That all sounds pretty good for the 4th of July — or anytime, really.