Review of Bad Martha Island IPA from Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery in Edgartown (Martha’s Vineyard), MA.
Beer Type: India Pale Ale ABV: 5.4% Tried from bottle.
Their Description: “Get bad with our handcrafted IPA, a golden sun-kissed brew made with wild Vineyard grape leaves and cascade and citra hops for a delicious hint of tangerine mixed with a roasted rye-like flavor.”
The Reality: It is mildly scented and deep golden in color. Upon taking a sip it drinks light, is not heavily hopped, with a crisp finish and no significant or lingering aftertaste. As for the “hint of tangerine”, I didn’t taste it. It also claims to be made with grape leaves, but I didn’t detect that either, although I admittedly don’t know what grape leaves would taste like in a beer. Come to think of it, maybe the tangerine and grape leaves were too busy filming a new Fruit-of-the-Loom commerical on the day of brewing to show up. It does have a slight rye-like flavor as described.
Final Verdict: This beer might not have the complexity of flavor indicated on the label, but it is smooth, refreshing and quite drinkable. It’s actually a great fit for where it is brewed (Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts). The Vineyard is a top summertime vacation island with plenty of beaches and this beer would work well in that environment. I love IPAs, but they’re not usually the first beer I reach for when I want to have 3 or 4 (or more) outside on a hot summer day or at the beach, but with this IPA you definitely could. So I say if you’re ever on the island, give it a try, Bad Martha don’t bite.