ISA (India-Style Session Ale) - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Nerudamann:
3.41/5 rDev -7.1%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Look - dark tan/golden color, slightly murky, with about two fingers' worth of light khaki-colored foam that disspipates slowly.
Smell - understandably hoppy-smelling. The aroma seems to contain Cascade hops mixed with something else. The Cascades might even be dry hops.
Taste - normal bitterness of an IPA, but it does have a mellow feel that helps the bitter initial bite flow into a softer thirst-quenching middle. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste, but not overwhelming.
Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, not too creamy, not too light.
Overall - not a bad brew at all, but doesn't seem intensely intriguing. Still, not bad for just being something good to drink.
06-21-2013 03:23:45 | More by Nerudamann
More User Reviews:
3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
22oz bomber, no freshness date.
A- A bright yellow, quite light around the edges. A faint blaze of reddish orange right down the middle. Pours a nice finger and a half of white head that fades quite slowly. Good lace retention. A very pleasing and unique looking brew for the astute observer.
S- Faint whiff of floral and citrus hops. Grapefruit is dominant fruity odor.
T- Really, this can't be that wild.... its pretty much a bitter pale. has a nice sweet bready malt, that holds up well against the bittering hops. Its restrained. Take a middle of the road, well executed IPA and dial it down to a 6 or 7 on the dial and here you go. Perfectly drinkable, although I would really just lump it in with your more bitter pales. Good though, low ABV is a positive for this.
M- Mouthfeel is good, its light, well carbonated, but still has some body to spread the flavors around.
O- Again, take it as a bitter pale and its a winner. Nice!
10-02-2011 03:25:40 | More by HugePlume
3.13/5 rDev -14.7%
Grabbed a bomber to try.. pretty sure this is a year around beer..
- Light and rather clear yellow beer, slight dust floaties throughout the beer. Minimal white creamy head.. leaves behing a small ring and a dusting on top.
- Light grainy and oat-like scent.. fruity hops, bit of citrus.. grassy and earthy backdrop.
- Light grainy flavor. Zesty bitter hop, grassy.. very bready finish to it. Overall not too bad, but it does have a slight funky flavor to it. Grain husks, earthy must.
- Well carbonated, dries the mouth a bit. Nice smooth body, probably this beers highlight is the mouthfeel.
- Overall it has some great flavors, and won't get you hammered if you drink a bomber. But this beer is too close to a homebrew to really stand out.
05-09-2011 23:40:14 | More by Docer
4.01/5 rDev +9.3%
I hear this bottle is going away... Too bad. It is a staple for my fridge. Surprised I haven't reviewed it yet.
Pours with a great foamy 1" head... sheets of lace for the entire goblet.. the brew itself is slightly hop-hazed straw golden.
Nose shows citrus and mild tropical fruitiness from the hops and a slight cracker malt profile.
Flavor mirrors the aromas but is balanced by a great bitter bite... this is really well done..
Body is light given the ABV... carbonation is spot-on and balanced effervescence..
I hope 10 Barrel isn't giving this one the boot.. It is pretty great and VERY drinkable.
06-15-2013 06:32:43 | More by JohnGalt1
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a huge three finger off-white head with good retention and massive lacing; active carbonation. Nice aroma of citrus hops, citrus juice, tropical fruit. Flavor is somewhat muted, but fresh and herbal citrus and piney hops, light grapefruit and mild biscuit malt. Medium bodied with a pleasant spicy carbonation. At first seems attenuated when compared to an IPA, but really hits the mark and surpasses it for the labelled India style session ale. Very fresh and tasty hops that are supported adequately by a mild malt body. I don't drink session ales often, but if I did, this would be on the short list.
04-25-2013 03:04:58 | More by LiquidAmber
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
22 oz bottle from Fred Meyer, S.Salem store. $3.79 Kinda murky pale orange with a nice bubbly off white head. Slight citric hop aroma and biscuity malts. Actually OK Smooth fruity/lemony hop tatses and a nice caramel malt..well balanced. Great mouthfeel goes down very well indeed. Im going against the grain on this but i liked it and sort of understand were the brewer is going. Good
11-24-2011 04:06:43 | More by Reidrover
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
My brother was kind enough to bring this back from Bend for me.
Pours a light and bright gold color with a pretty nice white head.
Aromas are floral, with some hard candies, light citrus, mostly lemon, and some hints of dough.
Taste is crisp and dry up front, some light hints of citrus, lemon zest, and biscuit like malts. Finish is slightly bitter, and almost a bit tart.
Mouthfeel is pretty good, well carbonated, but a but thin.
Overall, this is a nice little beer. Very drinkable, with enough flavor to make you grab for you glass not long after your first sip.
08-27-2011 05:41:25 | More by flexabull
ISA (India-Style Session Ale) from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.