Orient Express IPA - 1st City Brewery and Grill
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Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
Reviews by tavernjef:
3.3/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Color is a clear orangey amber with a very thin foamy off whitish top, no lacing is evident or carbonation bubbles.
Aroma is unlike any IPA I know of, it smells of a beer that isn't an IPA. No hop profile on the nose, mostly a husky grain with a toasty edge and thats only eveident upon very big wiffs.
Taste is quick, clean, and crisp, weakened front and middle with a meager carbonation. Finish is actually pretty good though, a nice toasty grain grabs and slight dry grassy-like hops build lightly, actually substantially compared to the rest of its character which ain't much. But I kept returning to drink it, due to the return of hops in the finish were nice to behold. It's no bitter worthy giant or hop flood parade by any means. It just has enough lateness creeping in and lingering power to keep it from being completely wasted.
Feel is much like what the taste eludes to with a very weakened front and average to lower medium/light body, not thin, but empty to the point of the finish where it finally says hello. Very little carbonation. Reminds me more of some of the weaker English style IPA's with a tame grassy/toasty hop and plain bite. Definately drinkable but lacking any real depth or hop character that I tend to like.
Serving type: on-tap
09-20-2004 03:36:43 | More by tavernjef
More User Reviews:
3.53/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Light orange in color with a one inch fluffy head...sweet fresh floral hops on the nose...nice nose...nice fresh floral hop flavor..almost juicy hoppiness at times..not real bitter but the hop profile is pronounced..The malt is secondary and barely noticable...nice hop burps...mouthfeel is on the light side of medium...nice little bitter finish...
Probably the pick of the 1st city litter...Not a real bittered up IPA but nicely hop flavored IPA...relatively well balanced...not worth seeking out but worth drinking if in town...this is another beer from this brewery that can be good or bad...consistency a major problem here...
Serving type: on-tap
10-29-2003 02:50:38 | More by ZAP
Orient Express IPA from 1st City Brewery and Grill
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.