I first stepped foot into Resurgence Brewing Company during their opening weekend. If you asked me what my favorite beer was at that time, I would have said Resurgence IPA. Today, I have to say that Resurgence IPA is still my favorite beer they produce. And I enjoy Resurgence IPA even more now that I have had the opportunity to taste this beer from a can. I picked up a six-pack of 12 ounce cans from a local Consumer’s Beverages store after reading a favorable review from someone else who really enjoyed this beer in cans.
Burlington Vermont seems to be the place for obtaining amazing cans of beer. So after visiting there, I automatically compare any can of beer to that very high standard of beers I experienced in Burlington. And that is a tough act to follow. While I’m not quite ready to place Resurgence IPA at a top can level with Heady Topper and Sip O’ Sunshine, I will proclaim that brewmaster Dave Collins has produced a top-notch local IPA.
If you like IPAs, you will be happy with this one. When popped open, the can does a great job shoehorning the hop aromas and infusing citrus and grapefruit notes right into your nostrils. Take in a strong whiff. Yes, those are Amarillo, Simcoe, and New Zealand hops. Take a taste. West coast style resiny flavors mix with pine and leave a dry finish. There’s a heavy malt presence, but balanced by a 7.2% ABV load. At 80 IBU Resurgence IPA packs a punch of bitterness that is balanced well. After taking a few sips you will be smacking your lips involuntarily to enjoy the slight lingering sweetness.
Resurgence Brewing Company: Resurgence IPA
Style: American IPA
I want to take this opportunity to highlight the importance that canned beer has in our lives. People like cans. Hell, I grew up drinking cans. I grew up on both kinds of canned beer: Molson and Labatts. Cans are easy to take to Buffalo Bills games, great during summer parties in coolers, and not as damaging when thrown against a wall. And it’s really hard to shotgun out of a bottle. From a drinking perspective, cans definitely funnel and enhance the aroma of beer after the tab is pulled. And taking lessons from Burlington Vermont, where cans are commonplace, I expect that Buffalo will see a lot more cans from local breweries.
I have two suggestions for Resurgence IPA, neither of which speak to the quality of the beer, but rather to marketing. First, I’m not sure why a six-pack of this beer is priced slightly higher ($0.50 to $1.00) than other six-packs of comparable IPA, both local and national. I’d like to see this beer come in at a competitive price when compared to other canned IPAs. Second, I want to see this beer in a 16 ounce can! From a beer-drinker perspective, and a marketing perspective, this is the way canned beer is trending, at least if Burlington Vermont is any indication. Those adjustments aside, Resurgence IPA is a very solid choice.