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Moose and Lobsta and Ipswich Ale

This is the ideal combination for a smoky seafood feast by the shore.

Tannins

Ipswich Ale 1620 New England Style IPA
www.ipswichalebrewery.com 
ABV: 6.3%
IBUs:  35
Malts: Silo, Canada Wheat, Honey Malt
Hops: Centennial, Magnum, Mosaic, Citra, Amarillo, Idaho 7

Celebrating the year that the Mayflower first sailed onto the rocky shores of New England, this traditional India Pale Ale features a cornucopia of exotic and tropical hop varieties for a hazy and fruity combination that’s true to the centuries-old style of beer brewing. Produced locally on Cape Ann in Massachusetts since 1991, Ipswich Ale is celebrating three decades of pioneering craft beer on Boston’s North Shore by creating a variety of full-bodied brews with robust mouthfeel and bold flavors.   

Terpenes

Moose and Lobsta from Canuvo in Maine 
www.canuvo.org 
THC 19.00%
CBD: N.D
Total Terpenes: 1.33%
Max Tac: 26.10 %

Bred by Professor P of Dynasty Genetics, Moose and Lobsta is a sativa-dominant cross between Kali Snapple and Oregon Huckleberry 2014. The dense flowers are covered with tons of crystals and grind up into a nice consistency for rolling a joint or packing a bowl. Upon opening the jar, a cheesy and fruity scent permeates the room – and the flavor when smoked echoes that sweetness, with hints of lemon and pine on the exhale. The buzz is immediate, pleasant, and alert; I felt coherent yet creative and my lower back muscles relaxed quickly, reducing pain and relieving stress. The high lasted longer than most – more than two hours – and resulted in a substantial increase in creativity, and especially, appetite.  

The Pairing 

These two samples seem made for each other. Both the tannins of the Pale Ale and the terpenes of the Moose and Lobsta flowers feature strong notes of citrus and ripe fruits, particularly lemon, apricot, and pineapple. The sweetness of the beer and weed contrasts particularly well with the briny oyster liquor of a freshly-shucked bivalve. This is the ideal combination for a smoky seafood feast by the shore, with plenty of fresh shellfish such as clams, mussels, shrimp, and of course, lobster. So before it gets too cold out, get some friends and family together for a relaxing campfire on the beach with some fat joints of Moose and Lobsta, paired with a couple of frosty pints of Ipswich Ale. 

This article was originally published in the September 2021 issue of all Leaf Magazines.

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