Wood Devil Double IPA – 603 Brewing Co.

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If you were a boy scout growing up in New Jersey, inevitably you would hear the tale of the Jersey Devil while on camping trips. It is portrayed as a creature that lived among the pine forests of south Jersey and would appear from time to time terrifying those who witnessed his fearsome nature. Luckily, we live in New Hampshire now and enjoy all of the folklore that is part of this great state. A new creature has just come about, thanks to the crafty folks at 603 Brewery, by the name of Wood Devil.603_Wood-Devil_sml

If you were a boy scout growing up in New Jersey, inevitably you would hear the tale of the Jersey Devil while on camping trips. It is portrayed as a creature that lived among the pine forests of south Jersey and would appear from time to time terrifying those who witnessed his fearsome nature. Luckily, we live in New Hampshire now and enjoy all of the folklore that is part of this great state. A new creature has just come about, thanks to the crafty folks at 603 Brewery, by the name of Wood Devil.
603 Brewery, located in Londonderry, NH, offers year-round beers as well as seasonal beers matched to the changing climates. Under 3 years old, 603 has made a momentous mark in the NH craft beer scene. Starting as brewing friends from college, these folks decided to jump into the emerging craft brew niche with gusto, creativity and a keen angle on NH beer styles employing names and places around NH as their beer varieties. They are today a 30 AND 60 barrel brew house exclusively sold in NH and distributed widely throughout the state in cans, 22 oz bottles, growlers (half gallon bottles) and kegs for restaurants and taverns.
Visit them at or their website at http://www.603brewery.com
Since the double IPA style has become so popular recently, it is no wonder that 603 would jump in with such a wonderful contribution.
Wood Devil Double IPA is a glorious mouthful of complex flavors with a malt-forward attraction that will win you over on the first sip. The combinations of grains and hops match so perfectly that you might find this beer to be one of your close friends. The gorgeous light amber tones reveal a slight vail over clarity adding to its mystique. The off-white head is generous and lasts through most of the excitement. Aromas of citrus, lemon rhine and grapefruit great you as you partake. Early flavors of more citrus and a fuller mouthfeel add to your enjoyment, lastly treating you to the bitters you’ve come to expect from a truly satisfying IPA. Rated at 9.2% ABV, this surprisingly drinks like a 6.0% so beware of Wood Devil’s deception.
Since this is the first review I am aware of 603’s Wood Devil, no one has rated it yet… but you can expect to see many chime in on this great beer. You’ll be able to find Wood Devil soon as well as the rest of the 603 line-up at Case-n-Keg in Meredith and Laconia and other fine craft beer providers. Well done 603 Brewery!

Jim MacMillan is the owner of WonByOne Design of Meredith, NH, and is an avid imbiber of craft brews and a home brewer as well. Send him your recommendations and brew news to
wickedbrews@weirs.com