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

ISA (India-Style Session Ale)ISA (India-Style Session Ale)
BA SCORE
3.67/5
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

Added by Docer on 05-09-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,335
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
80
pDev:
11.99%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 17
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap @ the Twisted Timber, Boise ID. Served in a Rogue pint tumbler.

A: Golden straw body, slight haze, some creamy lacing, good effervescence.

S: Citrus, floral, grass, mandarin orange, faint tropical fruit & pineapple, light bready malts.

T: Citrus hop-forward, grain, hop bite, low-to-medium bitterness, orange, lemon, faint banana, grass.

MF: Crisp, clean, light body, good carbonation, light dryness.

O: Surprised this one has been scored so low...nice session-able ale with good IPA flavors and smells.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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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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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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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, no freshness date.

A- A bright yellow, quite light around the edges. A faint blaze of reddish orange right down the middle. Pours a nice finger and a half of white head that fades quite slowly. Good lace retention. A very pleasing and unique looking brew for the astute observer.

S- Faint whiff of floral and citrus hops. Grapefruit is dominant fruity odor.

T- Really, this can't be that wild.... its pretty much a bitter pale. has a nice sweet bready malt, that holds up well against the bittering hops. Its restrained. Take a middle of the road, well executed IPA and dial it down to a 6 or 7 on the dial and here you go. Perfectly drinkable, although I would really just lump it in with your more bitter pales. Good though, low ABV is a positive for this.

M- Mouthfeel is good, its light, well carbonated, but still has some body to spread the flavors around.

O- Again, take it as a bitter pale and its a winner. Nice!

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