Yazmin IPA
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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IPA - American
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4.45 | pDev: 0%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Polished pumpkin orange with a topaz-like glow when backlit with blistering July sunshine. One finger of golden beige foam looked mighty good to start, slowly melted to a creamy puddle over the next several minutes, and left thick streamers and clingy sheets of lace.

The aroma was shy to start, but did open up with warming. Liberty hops (developed from Hallertau Mittelfruh) contributed lemon zest and herbal-spice notes. Jasmine was hard to appreciate... mostly because I'm not sure what it smells like.

Yazmin IPA reached a whole 'nother gear on the palate. One single mouthful was enough to determine that this is yet another one of wdmrock's masterful hop-soaked creations. The beer was named for one of his daughters, whose 4th birthday was yesterday.

It's hard to believe that an American IPA utilizing a noble hop, and whose major addition (jasmine) was still not appreciated on the taste buds, could be so incredibly delicious and so insanely drinkable. If Rock Bottom ever decided to bottle this brew, it would have a permanent place in my fridge.

The rock solid malt backbone seemed mostly caramel and slightly toasted in the first half, then roughly equal parts of each in the second half. It's doubtful, but I wonder if rye malt was used as well? The beer had an earthy spiciness that couldn't have been due solely to hops, and it's almost a certainty that simple ale yeast was used.

This was an IPA that wasn't so much about flavor specifics as flavor descriptors. It was sweet, bitter, tangy, earthy, herbal, floral and spicy... but not necessarily in that order. What a mouth party! Each large gulp was explosive, thanks in large part to a hop load that, while stopping short of tongue shredding, was significant.

One of my favorite things about West Des Moines RB beer these days is mouthfeel. Each offering, from the low ABV quenchers to the high ABV sippers, is more impressive that the last. This one reached medium-full for the style, with a clingy, coating quality on the finish that was right up my alley.

One of life's great mysteries is why I don't visit this brewpub more often. Yazmin IPA is the real deal and easily earns a spot in my top-10 for 2010. Happy (belated) Birthday Yazmin. May the beer named in your honor be on-tap on the 15th of every month, not just this July.

Jul 16, 2010
Yazmin IPA from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 1 ratings