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Hi-Pitch India Pale Ale - Hi-Wire Brewing

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Hi-Pitch India Pale AleHi-Pitch India Pale Ale

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Reviews: 11
Hads: 123
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 43.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hi-Wire Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: fmccormi on 08-12-2013

A western North Carolina IPA that does not apologize for balancing a sturdy malt backbone with citrus-forward aromas and a lingering bitterness. Expect big grapefruit flavors from the plethora of hops to balance out the malt in this well-balanced ale.
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a lager glass. Apparent BB date on the bottom of May 2016.
Pours with a deep amber body that appears to have ample carbonation. The small but durable bone-colored head leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the glass. High clarity for an "unfiltered" (label) brew.

Citrus and herbal hop aromas precede the very fruity (citrus) flavor. Moderate bitterness is below average for American IPAs, which is fine by me.

O: a very good IPA, at least for those who like the fruity hop varieties and limited bitterness.

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3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Hi-Pitch India Pale Ale from Hi-Wire Brewing
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