Napoleon Complex Hoppy Pale Ale
Wicked Weed Brewing Co., Asheville NC.
Available on draft, in bottles, and coming soon in cans
Beloved for sublimely tart, fruity and barrel-aged beers, Wicked Weed also makes some beautiful hop-forward ales. One of my favorites is Napoleon Complex, also a favorite of the Wicked Weed staff. Introduced in 2016, it’s a clever-cool reimagining of the classic pale ale style that keeps the light malt backbone while turning up the hops to a more aggressive IPA level.
At 5.2% alcohol, it’s almost a session beer, with a golden color, creamy head and lively carbonation. Dry-hopping lends a lightly resinous, aromatic bouquet. Bitterness is pronounced but nicely balanced on the palate, with notes of citrus, pine needles and tropical fruit, before a pungent, off-dry finish.
Try this hoppy pale ale with Asian, Indian and Latin dishes, such as green curry, pork vindaloo or tamales with chili and cheese.