Totem Pole IPA - Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Smudged copper with a tight and sticky (nitro formed) khaki top.
Herbaceous and piney aromatics. Toasty too, far below.
Begins loud, but not brash. West Coast meets East Kent. Akin to the midpoint between their Hop Jack and Potter's Run IPAs- if not an outright mix of the two. Woody and floral, and resinous and piney. Malt backing is all buttered toffee and toasted breads, kissed with large dollop of diacetyl. This leads to an evermore persuasive British feel, even when the obvious American hops are all up in your grill. The malt is really a star here, at least for a while. As time goes along, the floor begins to fall out, and this seems to lose most of its girth. A fault of the nitro. Too bad all the casks were otherwise occupied, as this deserved a slot.
Again, the body thins dramatically as it sits. Morphs from a sturdy IPA, to something much frailer. It begins fluffy then wilts. It's not outright flawed in stature, just a gradual, seeping decline that precludes this IPA from standing out in a number of catagories.
Though, overall, this is a solid IPA...nitro or not.
But...this is difficult to suggest when their excellent Texas Speedbump IPA is simultaneously flowing out of the casks.
Serving type: nitro-tap
03-11-2004 23:02:40 | More by cokes
Totem Pole IPA from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
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