Hop Hwy IPA - Belching Beaver Brewery
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3.28/5 rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Pours a golden color with a nice foamy cap in the Peroni lager glass. One of the least orange-tinted IPAs I've seen from California. Brewer notes that hops are primarily Galaxy, Falconer’s Flight, and Southern Cross. Plenty bitter with some twiggy and resiny taste.
A variety of fruity enliven the massive hop onslaught. Some pineapple and mango, but overwhelmed by the grapefruit. Very pithy. The malt is so pale and ghostly, but there is some toasty flavor followed by the alcohol sensation.
Yet another sharp and acidic West Coast IPA. Perfectly drinkable but a very thin body and a real throat scratcher. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at the North Park Tasting Room.
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2013 06:33:45 | More by mactrail
3.33/5 rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
22oz bottle - FW Imperial nonic glass
Notes taken on 01/24/14
A: Mostly clear caramel color amber body. Super dense and thick khaki suds form over. Nearly three fingers worth and stubborn as all get out. Sticky lacing just blankets the sides of the glass upon each sip.
S: The nose is encumbered by a honey sweet malt aroma. There is some soft tropical florals underneath all the sweetness. Mostly malt filled however. A bit of a letdown in the aroma.
T: Leads with a honey graham cracker malt sweetness followed by a light hop bitterness. Earthy and floral with some tropical fruits mixed in. Touch of passion fruit there but you really have to be searching for it. Lightly noticeable alcohol. Honey malt sweetness abounds. Not sure what’s going on here. Comes across more like a hoppy Blonde ale.
M: Moderate heaviness from the filling malts. A light drying effort and some residual bitterness bring this a touch on the lighter side however.
D: Way to malt forward to be a West Coast Style IPA of my liking. Has a very pronounced honey like sweetness. Really drowns out the delicacies of the Galaxy and Nelson hops used.
More like a dishonor to all North County brewers here. Not a repeat for me.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2014 22:32:55 | More by Nugganooch
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A - Clear dark copper, small to no head, sparce lace.
S - Light smells. Very light hops and malt.
T - Nice blend/mix of malt and hops. Pretty standard.
M - Medium body, lighter than expected. Fine balance.
D - Very easy, drinkable beer.
Drank at the Main Tap in El Cajon, CA.
Serving type: on-tap
03-16-2013 02:06:31 | More by srandycarter
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75
I got a one liter growler of this from the Shelf Turd Olypics BIF. Nice clarity, good white head. Some lacing, deep gold with amber highlights, lots of bubbles.
Hints of melon, white grape juice. sweet malt and a bunch of juicy hops. Needs to warm a bit in order for the aromatics to come out...
Pretty solid hop flavor from this beer. Enamel coating bitterness with a decent balance of sweet, robust malt backbone. Not as complex or deep in flavor as the nose indicates.
Full bodied. Constant yet fine bubbles give the beer a smoothness on the palette. Very satisfying.
A good IPA that I enjoyed drinking a liter of and would certainly try again. But it isn't anything that will change the way you see IPA's. Belching Beaver made a solid IPA, that is all at once, balanced, hop-forward, and drinkable, with a robust ABV. Pretty good job overall.
Serving type: growler
06-19-2013 21:37:25 | More by MusicaleMike
Hop Hwy IPA from Belching Beaver Brewery
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