Thursday, February 13, 2014

10 Barrel Brewing - Batch #3 Category #52 IPA

Brewery: 10 Barrel Brewing
Location: Bend, OR
Beer: Batch #3 Category #52 IPA
Style: IPA
Size: Pint Glass (16 oz.) 
ABV: 7.6%
IBUs: 85

This beer bears the name of the India Pale Ale category at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) the infamous Category 52. The brewery did get to enter this beer this year, but will be entering this and "coming after the gold" next year.

A (3/3): This hazy golden ale is topped by a white frothy head that turns into a ring of bubbles shortly after being poured.

S (10/12): Strong pine aroma comes off the top of this beer with a small orange zest compliment.  The malts have a sweet caramel note that balances out the hops.  Halfway through I began to notice a slight pineapple aroma.

T (16/20): The taste of this beer has an exceptional pine character that is very well balanced with a hint of soy sauce that comes out of nowhere.  It's not enough to detract but I did detect a mild flavor.

M (3/5): A medium bodied beer with a bitter finish, it's like you can almost feel the hop cones scraping your tongue.  A light alcohol presence can be felt.

O (7/10): Pretty good beer I was not crazy about the slightly harsh finish, but it was not a huge detractor.


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