ISA (India-Style Session Ale) - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev +19.3%
Pours a very blonde color with a one-finger head into my glass. It's closer to the PALE in IPA than a few others I've had recently.
Citrus notes upfront, mainly mango with a touch of buttery bread. Not sure what to make of it aroma-wise.
Clean, crisp and chewy with very good use of hops. It's not BITTER and provides a good contrast between a hoppier IPA and mellower pale ale.
Lingering breadiness and citrus hops make for a great mouthfeel. Very clean. Enjoyable for the low ABV too!
I'd like to see this trend of sessionable IPAs continue. It's a welcome direction and beats the hell out of a bland pale ale!
01-11-2013 16:03:25 | More by Brad007
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
Confused by this brewery. Apparently formerly known as Wildfire, the picture here is for "Two Beers Brewing Co." and this beer is variably known as ISA or Trailhead. Oh well. This "10 Barrel Brewing Co." "ISA" was purchased from "Beermongers" in "Portland", Oregon.
Pours a very clear and light golden hue, with a touch of haze to it. In fact, it's pretty clear, but there's a translucent wuality to it, which means you can't actually see through it—just to the other side of the glass. Head is fine and white, leaving good, solid lace. Good looking brew overall.
Nose is bright and peppery, with some savouriness notable in the pepper character; perhaps a hint of Sichuan to it. There's perhaps some citrus to it, but it's a spicy note, more like cloves than actual fruit. Very interesting and really quite pleasant.
Soft entry, with very little malt character: instead the peppery hops take up the dominance of the palate, leaving some metallic sharpness and a hint of pith. Afterpalate broadens, giving some pleasant mild sweetness and a touch of body to the beer, while allowing the pepperiness to flow to all parts of the tongue. Nicely done.
What is lacks in complexity, it really makes up for in drinkability. This is indeed a sessionable ale, and one that stays punchy, but light. Very clean, very drinkable and very enjoyable.
07-08-2012 03:00:02 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
Had on-tap @ the Twisted Timber, Boise ID. Served in a Rogue pint tumbler.
A: Golden straw body, slight haze, some creamy lacing, good effervescence.
S: Citrus, floral, grass, mandarin orange, faint tropical fruit & pineapple, light bready malts.
T: Citrus hop-forward, grain, hop bite, low-to-medium bitterness, orange, lemon, faint banana, grass.
MF: Crisp, clean, light body, good carbonation, light dryness.
O: Surprised this one has been scored so low...nice session-able ale with good IPA flavors and smells.
02-16-2012 16:22:46 | More by Scotchboy
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
British Columbia (Canada)
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
Clear, golden yellow with a white head, excellent retention & lace.
Aroma of grassy and floral hops with a bit of citrus rind.
The Gambrinus honey malt really comes through in the flavour and compliments the hopping. Solid bitterness (51 IBU). It's a bit like a west coast ESB but the malt is certainly unique.
Moderate body is very smooth, almost creamy with a hint of hop acidity.
A really good drinker.
09-01-2011 00:29:28 | More by Derek
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
3.88/5 rDev +5.7%
Bottle from the Whole Foods in Tanasbourne. As is wont with beers from here, their is no bottling date. Also, imo, this is closer in spirit and execution to a hoppy pale ale than an IPA and i'm reviewing it as such.
Pouring a clear orange with a thin, white head that falls off to a disk leaving some lace, this looks nice. The nose is solid. Fruity and hoppy with a mild but bright citrus character along with a little floral character, this is refreshing. A mild honey and table sugar sweetness is also noticeable.
The palate opens fruity and hoppy with a nice, easy going blend of citrus (oranges, a little grapefruit), a little melon and a mild floral character. Bitterness is low and clean, without any grassy flavors. The malt character is light, with a little biscuit and water cracker like doughy snappiness. It does, however, make the body pleasantly light but noticeable. Drying on the finish, this beer is light in body, crisply carbonated and refreshing with a lingering fruitiness. Very nice.
09-14-2012 04:06:37 | More by DefenCorps
ISA (India-Style Session Ale) from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.