Hi-Pitch India Pale Ale - Hi-Wire Brewing
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3.69/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a reddish copper color with some haze and a small, densely creamy off-white head. Fruity, somewhat astringent hop aromas alongside a toasted caramel sweetness and some yeast. Spicy pine resin and herbal hops with a touch of orange. Flavor is hoppy, yet balanced...almost more of a hoppy amber style than outright IPA. Resinous pine bitterness, leafy spice, sweet malt, and some grapefruit pulp. On the heavier side of medium with a decent creaminess and trailing bitterness. Surprisingly dank, earthy, and spicy, especially as it warms. If they can tweak it a bit to increase the pungency to harness said dankness and tone down the sweetness, they could have themselves a winner.
11-25-2013 01:25:01 | More by wedge
3.69/5 rDev +3.1%
This is a new one out of Asheville—so new, in fact, that I was told they basically just started bottling not long before I bought this single in a grocery store in Asheville less than two weeks ago. Not sure of the date on this bottle, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s under a month old. Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off to an oversized snifter (Funky Buddha, for what it’s worth—a capacity of ~19oz or so).
Appearance (3.5): About a finger (at most) of pale tan foam of good consistency comes off the pour, capping a rich, deep, ruddy-amber body with dark orange highlights around the edge. The body is slightly hazy. The head doesn’t stick around all that long, but it leaves a modesetly resilient film on the surface of the body along with spotty lacing around the edge of the glass.
Smell (3.5): Rich caramel and modest pine aromas, with an old-school American IPA sense to it. Caramel, toffee, a subtle, slightly garlicky, dank tone underneath, and light notes of sweet orange peel.
Taste (3.75): Big dank and piney tones flesh out an initial bitterness which turns garlicky here and there, but not unpleasantly by any means. It’s a nice complement to the toasted toffee richness that typifies the malt character: well-toasted wheat bread, a bit of caramel, and some very earthy, EIPA-type tones flesh out the body well. The hops finish out the palate with a long, citrus rind-type, moderately bitter closure. Piney aftertaste.
Mouthfeel (4.25): Smooth body, moderately oily in character, showing a smooth carbonation which foams modestly without too much tingling and no prickling. Fits the style very well, actually, even if I prefer mine a little more voluminous. Finishes very nicely dry.
Overall (3.5): This is a pretty decent IPA, especially for those just getting acquainted with the style. It feels like a solid American IPA from five or ten years ago—a mix of citrus rind, pine resin, and a malt body that feels more like an English IPA with toffee and earthy tones. But you know what? It’s good. This would be a real solid pint in your average bar. Interested to see where Hi-Wire goes with its other beers and if it ever tries other takes on the IPA and DIPA styles.
08-12-2013 22:32:24 | More by fmccormi
3.48/5 rDev -2.8%
A: Copper brown with almost no carbonation, hazy, 2 fingers of light tan head.
S: Caramel and citrus, light spruce, snow, creamy and fresh.
T: Caramel, citrus, light evergreen, very creamy and very fresh. Light bitter hops on the end.
M: Medium body, medium foamy smooth and creamy carbonation.
O: I got this in Asheville a week ago, and believing it must have been fresh on the shelf as it tastes almost like I’m in the brewery. Great carbonation, creamy and smooth quality.
06-25-2014 11:01:27 | More by patre_tim
3.78/5 rDev +5.6%
A: Pours a relatively clear copperish/reddish amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some reddish orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy light tan head that reduces to a couple of small patches of thick film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of dank pine and citrus (grapefruit pith) hops over the top of lighter aromas of caramel malts.
T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. Then the hop flavors take over - first there is a dankness present from the hops followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith and moderate flavors of pine hops. Light to moderate amounts of linger bitterness are present.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy and oily.
O: From a newer Asheville brewery, this is not a bad offering... Not the most amazing IPA that I have tried but certainly a very drinkable one (and one that might appeal to people just getting started in the style). The hop aromas and flavors are a little danker than I prefer but still a solid brew.
11-17-2013 23:55:04 | More by dbrauneis
3.96/5 rDev +10.6%
Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, deep, amber-copper coloring with orange highlights and a thin, sparse, off-white surface coat of head. Aromas of citrus, tropical fruit, and candy sugar forward, with some floral highlights mixed throughout. Smells super sweet and delicious. Flavors are more of a malt rich forward, with a blast of bitter, resinous hops character that almost feels sticky on your tongue. Huge notes of pitch, pine tassel, and cedar gum take over the initial balance, with some spiciness kicking in as well. Very subtle notes of grapefruit and tangerine creep around the palate, lightening things up a bit here and there. The beer is light and very smooth in mouth, with a bitter, pepper spiced, and resinous aftertaste. Dry, clean finish, with a touch of bitterness lingering a bit. Very solid brew!
02-19-2014 22:14:04 | More by GarthDanielson
Hi-Pitch India Pale Ale from Hi-Wire Brewing
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