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ISA (India-Style Session Ale) | 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

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ISA (India-Style Session Ale)ISA (India-Style Session Ale)
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80 Ratings
ISA (India-Style Session Ale)ISA (India-Style Session Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States
10barrel.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
India Session Ale... A brand new style from the twisted minds of 10 Barrel's brew crew. Deep gold with orange highlights. Big Citrusy aroma full of grapefruit and tangerine thanks to the massive dry hop! Clean, crisp maltiness with a hint of sweetness. Pleasant, balanced bitterness as a result of the loaded late-kettle hop addition.

51 IBU

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,004
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
80
pDev:
11.99%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by beagle75:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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Photo of Reidrover
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Fred Meyer, S.Salem store. $3.79 Kinda murky pale orange with a nice bubbly off white head. Slight citric hop aroma and biscuity malts. Actually OK Smooth fruity/lemony hop tatses and a nice caramel malt..well balanced. Great mouthfeel goes down very well indeed. Im going against the grain on this but i liked it and sort of understand were the brewer is going. Good

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Photo of canucklehead
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Ace Hotel in Portland and I thought this was a good lightweight IPA made for the summer. The hops were there alright but the mouthfeel was light and the finish was smooth and easy. Still PNW in profile this is a good drinking beer that kind of tastes like Twilight ale from Dechutes

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Photo of loren01
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Confused by this brewery. Apparently formerly known as Wildfire, the picture here is for "Two Beers Brewing Co." and this beer is variably known as ISA or Trailhead. Oh well. This "10 Barrel Brewing Co." "ISA" was purchased from "Beermongers" in "Portland", Oregon.

Pours a very clear and light golden hue, with a touch of haze to it. In fact, it's pretty clear, but there's a translucent wuality to it, which means you can't actually see through it—just to the other side of the glass. Head is fine and white, leaving good, solid lace. Good looking brew overall.

Nose is bright and peppery, with some savouriness notable in the pepper character; perhaps a hint of Sichuan to it. There's perhaps some citrus to it, but it's a spicy note, more like cloves than actual fruit. Very interesting and really quite pleasant.

Soft entry, with very little malt character: instead the peppery hops take up the dominance of the palate, leaving some metallic sharpness and a hint of pith. Afterpalate broadens, giving some pleasant mild sweetness and a touch of body to the beer, while allowing the pepperiness to flow to all parts of the tongue. Nicely done.

What is lacks in complexity, it really makes up for in drinkability. This is indeed a sessionable ale, and one that stays punchy, but light. Very clean, very drinkable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden yellow with a white head, excellent retention & lace.

Aroma of grassy and floral hops with a bit of citrus rind.

The Gambrinus honey malt really comes through in the flavour and compliments the hopping. Solid bitterness (51 IBU). It's a bit like a west coast ESB but the malt is certainly unique.

Moderate body is very smooth, almost creamy with a hint of hop acidity.

A really good drinker.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hear this bottle is going away... Too bad. It is a staple for my fridge. Surprised I haven't reviewed it yet.

Pours with a great foamy 1" head... sheets of lace for the entire goblet.. the brew itself is slightly hop-hazed straw golden.

Nose shows citrus and mild tropical fruitiness from the hops and a slight cracker malt profile.

Flavor mirrors the aromas but is balanced by a great bitter bite... this is really well done..

Body is light given the ABV... carbonation is spot-on and balanced effervescence..

I hope 10 Barrel isn't giving this one the boot.. It is pretty great and VERY drinkable.

4.25/4/4/4/4

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Photo of Stiffler
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of flexabull
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My brother was kind enough to bring this back from Bend for me.

Pours a light and bright gold color with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are floral, with some hard candies, light citrus, mostly lemon, and some hints of dough.

Taste is crisp and dry up front, some light hints of citrus, lemon zest, and biscuit like malts. Finish is slightly bitter, and almost a bit tart.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, well carbonated, but a but thin.

Overall, this is a nice little beer. Very drinkable, with enough flavor to make you grab for you glass not long after your first sip.

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Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Whole Foods in Tanasbourne. As is wont with beers from here, their is no bottling date. Also, imo, this is closer in spirit and execution to a hoppy pale ale than an IPA and i'm reviewing it as such.

Pouring a clear orange with a thin, white head that falls off to a disk leaving some lace, this looks nice. The nose is solid. Fruity and hoppy with a mild but bright citrus character along with a little floral character, this is refreshing. A mild honey and table sugar sweetness is also noticeable.

The palate opens fruity and hoppy with a nice, easy going blend of citrus (oranges, a little grapefruit), a little melon and a mild floral character. Bitterness is low and clean, without any grassy flavors. The malt character is light, with a little biscuit and water cracker like doughy snappiness. It does, however, make the body pleasantly light but noticeable. Drying on the finish, this beer is light in body, crisply carbonated and refreshing with a lingering fruitiness. Very nice.

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Photo of Brad007
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very blonde color with a one-finger head into my glass. It's closer to the PALE in IPA than a few others I've had recently.

Citrus notes upfront, mainly mango with a touch of buttery bread. Not sure what to make of it aroma-wise.

Clean, crisp and chewy with very good use of hops. It's not BITTER and provides a good contrast between a hoppier IPA and mellower pale ale.

Lingering breadiness and citrus hops make for a great mouthfeel. Very clean. Enjoyable for the low ABV too!

I'd like to see this trend of sessionable IPAs continue. It's a welcome direction and beats the hell out of a bland pale ale!

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A: Copper ranging into orange. Good white head with nice retention. Even has some legs.

N: Heavy on the syrupy pineapple backed up by pine. Ample maltiness. Some good dry hopping. Not complex but pleasant.

T: Balanced with malt and bitterness, though it does tend towards the hoppy side. Again, not much complexity, but it’s clean and tasty.

M: Somewhat dry, slightly water, and moderately resinous.

O: An IPA for a game with friends. Won’t tax your taste buds, but it’s certainly enjoyable and goes down easy.

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Photo of piclee
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of FrancisT
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dgilks
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a small, white head. Fair head retention. Some lacing.

Bitter, grassy hop aroma with slightly nutty malt notes.

Mild malt flavour with a big, grassy, dryhopped flavour. Bitter and yet somewhat dull.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.

A nice, bitter session ale that while not entirely exciting, does the trick.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Docer
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Grabbed a bomber to try.. pretty sure this is a year around beer..

- Light and rather clear yellow beer, slight dust floaties throughout the beer. Minimal white creamy head.. leaves behing a small ring and a dusting on top.

- Light grainy and oat-like scent.. fruity hops, bit of citrus.. grassy and earthy backdrop.

- Light grainy flavor. Zesty bitter hop, grassy.. very bready finish to it. Overall not too bad, but it does have a slight funky flavor to it. Grain husks, earthy must.

- Well carbonated, dries the mouth a bit. Nice smooth body, probably this beers highlight is the mouthfeel.

- Overall it has some great flavors, and won't get you hammered if you drink a bomber. But this beer is too close to a homebrew to really stand out.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of BrutalBeerFan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of elcrawl
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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ISA (India-Style Session Ale) from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 80 ratings