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No-Li Skyrail Single Hop IPA

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No-Li continues its bid for world domination, this time with Skyrail, a single hop IPA. The ale is based on the amarillo hop which, depending on your point of view, can be a blessing or a curse.

I mean, this is kind of the thing with any single hope ale; the hop will be dominant on the palate, and should it be a hop you're not a fan of, then... Well... You probably won't love the ale.

Which brings us to the Skyrail. I'm not entirely sure if I love this beer or not. My doubts are likely rooted in the summer-y feel I associate with the strong presence of amarillo; not an unpleasant thing, certainly, but it doesn't jive all that well with the season.

One cannot claim that Skyrail isn't crisp and refreshing of course. The amarillo shines through like a torch in the night, and if you're a fan of that (even at this time of year) then you'll probably be a huge fan of Skyrail. That citric finish goes down like a sip of orange juice.

I suppose what I'm saying is that -- my rambling opinions aside -- you might just end up loving this beer if you can forgive the unseasonal-ness of it. It's crisp and refreshing, and obviously well brewed, yet one that probably should have seen an April release instead of December.

Either way.

Give Skyrail a shot, as it clearly deserves some attention. Those who are more forgiving as far as the seasonal thing goes might just end up falling in love with it.