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ISA (India-Style Session Ale) - 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

ISA (India-Style Session Ale)ISA (India-Style Session Ale)

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BA SCORE
83
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73 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%


Brewed by:
10 Barrel Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
India Session Ale... A brand new style from the twisted minds of 10 Barrel's brew crew. Deep gold with orange highlights. Big Citrusy aroma full of grapefruit and tangerine thanks to the massive dry hop! Clean, crisp maltiness with a hint of sweetness. Pleasant, balanced bitterness as a result of the loaded late-kettle hop addition.

51 IBU

(Beer added by: Docer on 05-09-2011)
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Docer

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 23:40:14 | More by Docer
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dgilks

Australia

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a small, white head. Fair head retention. Some lacing.

Bitter, grassy hop aroma with slightly nutty malt notes.

Mild malt flavour with a big, grassy, dryhopped flavour. Bitter and yet somewhat dull.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.

A nice, bitter session ale that while not entirely exciting, does the trick.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 01:24:18 | More by dgilks
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 03:23:45 | More by Nerudamann
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Ace Hotel in Portland and I thought this was a good lightweight IPA made for the summer. The hops were there alright but the mouthfeel was light and the finish was smooth and easy. Still PNW in profile this is a good drinking beer that kind of tastes like Twilight ale from Dechutes

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 16:45:07 | More by canucklehead
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flagmantho

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden-orange hue with a bit of haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head poured three fingers of frothy ivory foam and has pretty good retention. I quite like it.

Smell: earthy, floral, citrusy and fruity hops atop a relatively sweet malt base. Good, but there's something else in there, like an overripe or sickly sweet fruity character which isn't strong but is present enough to be a distraction.

Taste: fruity and citrusy with a fair amount of acidity in the works, although it's not necessarily tart. Finishes off with a good, balanced bitterness. The overripe character from the aroma is thankfully absent, although the overall impression is a bit homebrew-ey. Not terrible, though.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good, rocky carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: this is a decent and drinkable IPA, but I feel like the formula could use a little cleaning up.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 01:17:35 | More by flagmantho
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gkunkle

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this from By The Bottle in Vancouver, Wa. Poured it into my Sierra Nevada hop glass. Beer is a hazy light orange color with some "stuff" suspended in it and a slight bit of visible carbonation. After an average pour I got a finger tall dense white head. Smell is pretty direct, it comes in straight with scents of pine and citrus hops. Taste leans more heavily on the malts, but the notes of pine and citrus are still present. Mouthfeel is average, as is carbonation. Overall this is a pretty decent beer, it's a got good flavor and the ABV is not too bad. Its not a spectacular IPA, but as a general session beer, it's pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 06:15:52 | More by gkunkle
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A: Copper ranging into orange. Good white head with nice retention. Even has some legs.

N: Heavy on the syrupy pineapple backed up by pine. Ample maltiness. Some good dry hopping. Not complex but pleasant.

T: Balanced with malt and bitterness, though it does tend towards the hoppy side. Again, not much complexity, but it’s clean and tasty.

M: Somewhat dry, slightly water, and moderately resinous.

O: An IPA for a game with friends. Won’t tax your taste buds, but it’s certainly enjoyable and goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 15:53:42 | More by writerLJBerg
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HugePlume

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 03:25:40 | More by HugePlume
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flexabull

California

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 05:41:25 | More by flexabull
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 03:04:58 | More by LiquidAmber
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 04:06:37 | More by DefenCorps
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

4.25/4/4/4/4

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 06:32:43 | More by JohnGalt1
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 00:29:28 | More by Derek
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 04:06:43 | More by Reidrover
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 16:22:46 | More by Scotchboy
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 03:00:02 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Brad007

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 16:03:25 | More by Brad007
ISA (India-Style Session Ale) from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.