Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Wicked Weed Napoleon Complex


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.

Pair With

Try this hoppy pale ale with Asian, Indian and Latin dishes, such as green curry, pork vindaloo or tamales with chili and cheese.

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