2nd Story Ne-IPA #3 is a 7% NE-IPA from 2nd Story Ale Works, based in Tokushima, Japan. It’s part of their draft lineup, and as the name suggests, it’s the third in their NE-IPA series. It’s brewed using Pilsner, Pale Malt, Oats, and wheat malt with the hops being Mosaic, Citra, Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade. 2nd Story Ne-IPA #3 also contains locally sourced sudachi, a small, round, green citrus fruit of Japanese origin that is a specialty of Tokushima Prefecture in Japan. It is a sour citrus, not eaten as fruit, but used as food flavoring in place of lemon or lime.
2nd Story Ne-IPA #3 Aroma and Taste
DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SCREENS!
That’s how 2nd Story Ne-IPA #3 was served to me – a hot muddy orange mess of stuff. How the heck do people think this looks “good” or “appealing”? Perhaps the light wasn’t right on this one, but I really didn’t want to drink 2nd Story Ne-IPA #3 after getting this. My stomach was already begging me not to drink it but thankfully 2nd Story Ale Works hadn’t gone so far as to add lactose to it. 2nd Story Ne-IPA #3 had a strong mango, passion fruit, pineapple, and grapefruit aroma to it, along with a healthy dosing of saltiness too. It wasn’t a chalky salty either, more of a table salt like quality to it.
The body to 2nd Story Ne-IPA #3 was nigh on identical to the nose, minus any expected bitterness. The creamy oaty salty body brought lashings of tropical fruits – again mango, passion fruit, and pineapple, but I just couldn’t get the saltiness out of my mouth. Chlorides are added to help the hops “pop” but it seems that 2nd Story Ale Works had used NaCl, aka table salt, rather than the usual CaCl (calcium chloride) which sometimes brings a chalky saltiness to the body. The salt flavour become more potent as 2nd Story Ne-IPA #3 warmed up making it less and less drinkable. It finished off with a tropical flourish that was doused with salt.
2nd Story Ne-IPA #3 The Bottom Line
If you have to order 2nd Story Ne-IPA #3, drink it with your eyes closed and quickly before the salt gets you. A shame really as the hop flavour is nice.