The name “Merry Taj IPA” pays homage to the holiday celebrations going on from sea to sea, encapsulating the hope of a new year. It’s also a play on a term from the wine world, Meritage, which loosely translated means: a damn fine blend (of hops in this case). Though Belgian-inspired beers dominated The Lost Abbey portfolio, it’s not the only focus of the brand. The brewing team at The Lost Abbey are certified Hop-Heads at heart and being able to craft an American IPA for the brand was a vision that seemed just out of reach… until now. Initial flavors of clean, sweet caramel malt will give way to a citrus dryness and a spicy bitterness on the finish, thanks to the addition of Simcoe hops.