Guinness: you either love it or you hate it.
That's as true a statement today as it ever was. I don't hate Guinness, but I don't love it, either. I will say that when I visited Dublin earlier this year, the pint(s) I had tasted completely different than they do here in the United States. I always thought that was just some kind of marketing slogan they busted out to entice you to visit Ireland. But as it turns out, it's actually true: the Guinness in Ireland tastes fantastic.
Guinness' main offering is their signature stout, which is available on a nitro tap or in nitro cans. For the uninitiated, a nitro can contains a little widget that shoots a burst of nitrogen into the beer when you open the can, creating tons of bubbles and giving the beer that signature Guinness taste.
It might surprise you to learn that the latest offering from Guinness is an IPA. It makes sense; IPA's are one of the world's current most popular beer styles, and everyone wants to capitalize on that. But what sets Guinness' offering apart is that it, like the stout, comes in a nitro can.
It's brewed in Dublin right alongside the stouts, and the nitro widget guarantees that this is one of the smoothest IPA's you've ever had from a big beer company. And though you might be skeptical of the idea of an Irish IPA, don't be; for a beer produced in massive quantities, this stuff is actually not bad. It's no Sculpin, but what is?
What do you think?