SouthamptonipaOne of the highlights of our lunch at Love Lane Kitchen on Saturday was my first look at Southampton Publick House’s new packaging, or at least a look at the new IPA label.

Spencer, one of the assistant brewers at SPH tipped me off a while ago that a change was coming, including new packaging and also the renaming of at least one beer, the beer formerly known as Secret Ale (which is now named for its style, Altbier).

I like the new labels quite a bit. I think they are an upgrade over the old ones.

What about the beer inside the bottle? I really like SPH’s beers and this IPA does a nice job of straddling the line between Old World, true IPA character and West Coast, over-the-top-hops style brews.

As an admitted hop head, I could drink this one all day.