Rat City "Abyss" Makers Mark Barrel Aged IPA - Pacific Rim Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ojiikun:
3.75/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Sampled at the BigWood festival at Brouwer's in Seattle. From what the keep knew, this is a special one-time brew of the Rat City IPA made to be aged in Makers Mark barrels.
Served up in a 12oz snifter, about a fat finger's worth of head space used. Body is the color and clarity of strong black tea, head is just slightly burnt chalky cream and fell to a thin island in moments. Lace from the first two sips is solid white.
Nose is citric hops, tangerine and red grapefruit. Malt character is caramel and not at all smokey. No booze, but lots of astringent quality. Yeast character is like hawiian sweetbreads. Some notes of dark berry.
Taste is surprisingly understated. Very light in body, pino grigio-like. Hopping is so smooth as to seem bland. No bitters and less fruit than the smell suggests. As it warms, the booze shines out a bit, but finally suggests some once-used bourbon oak. Little trace of firey character, but some new malt notes are plain enough.
Moutthfeel is as light as the taste and only lacks a bit of strength in carbonation.
Unsurprisingly, the taste and mouthfeel make this drink far better than your standard IPA. To be cliche about it, drinks like water.
Among the other oak-aged offerings of the fest, this brew disappoints just a bit. Blind-sampled, I'd have had a darned time telling this had been oaked, but in comparison to normal Rat City and most IPAs, this is significantly more refined. considering the limited availability and price, recommended. Drink it warm and be rewarded.
Serving type: on-tap
12-06-2007 01:21:06 | More by ojiikun
More User Reviews:
4.22/5 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pretty sure this is the same beer I had at the IPA fest at Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle. If so, then it wasn't aged in Maker's Mark barrel, but instead the brewer used oak chips soaked in Maker's Mark. This still imparts a nice flavor, but IMO not quite as nice as full barrel aging. Poured a dark orange with a thin head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, grain, and light citrusy hops. Taste was creamy, rich full-on bourbon with a citrusy hop finish. Pretty nice, and not overwhelming wood, which happens sometimes with oak chips or with new oak barrels. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. I enjoyed this. Having never had the normal Rat City IPA, I can't compare.
Serving type: on-tap
12-07-2007 15:30:46 | More by Georgiabeer
Rat City "Abyss" Makers Mark Barrel Aged IPA from Pacific Rim Brewing Co.
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