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MadTree Brewing Company: PsycHOPathy IPA
The craft beer scene is alive and well with canned beer: the recent format of choice for both local and national breweries.
Ohio’s roots in the recent sensation date back to just over a year-and-a-half when trailblazing new kids on the block MadTree Brewing Company became the first microbrewery in the Buckeye State to can its beer. The result was a handful of irresistible creations that made quite the rumble across Cincinnati.
While the presence of MadTree brewers Brady Duncan, Jeff Hunt and Kenny McNutt in the industry has yet to even nudge Year Two, their love child has already made its mark on the craft beer scene of Ohio, and beyond, in just a short time. Opening its doors in February 2013, the brewery quickly became the talk of the town. By April, the trio joined forces with a distributor.
The brewery currently distributes three beers year-round: Happy Amber, a dry-hopped amber ale; Gnarly Brown, a brown ale with hints of brown sugar, vanilla and coffee; and PsycHOPathy, its gloriously hop-forward India Pale Ale.
For a perfect example of what MadTree is made of, look no further than PsycHOPathy. The surprisingly aggressive hop aroma leads to a more subtle and palatable citrus-filled body and finish. Ohio brewers beware: MadTree has made its mark on the scene thanks to this Centennial- and Chinook-hopped beauty of a beer.
While MadTree products are only available in Cincinnati and surrounding cities, the brewery hopes to break into Northeast Ohio sometime in the coming year. With a significant expansion in the works, MadTree Brewing will make its way to local shelves before you know it. Until then, an occasional trek down south may be in order for area craft beer lovers looking for the next big thing.
/ Writer Aaron Fowler is a bit of a craft beer geek. Though he may deem himself a bona fide hophead, he never passes up a well-defined stout.