Hi-Pitch India Pale Ale - Hi-Wire Brewing

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 111
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 24.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: fmccormi on 08-12-2013

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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. (685 characters)

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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. (2,224 characters)

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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. (481 characters)

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Hi-Pitch India Pale Ale from Hi-Wire Brewing
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