Himalayan IPA | Spice Trade Brewing / Yak & Yeti

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Spice Trade Brewing / Yak & Yeti
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.38%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BradLikesBrew on 09-28-2010

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Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Yak and Yeti in Westminster, CO.

A glass mug is brought to my table with hazy copper orange beer inside. The head is thick, creamy, and tight. It settles slowly leaving lace rings down the sides.

Aroma is supper hoppy and fresh. It has great citrus zest and grapefruit character. The smell is just like opening a bag of hop pellets when I'm brewing at home.

Flavor is intensly bitter and hoppy. It has a nice mild malt backbone but must have been peppered with hops and lot of them. Citrus, pine, and floral notes all come through. Lots of depth - definately not a single hop IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated. Balance is definately towards the hoppy end of the spectrum but it has some sweetness in there to even it out a little.

Overall a really great IPA and one worth seeking out. Plus it goes great with their spicy Indian food.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow body with a thin white head.

Floral, citrus aroma.

Citrus C hops dominate. Fruity, crisp, bright, clean. Very citrusy, quite yummy. Flavorful and easy drinking.

Lighter in body and lower in carbonation. Seems like a cask ale.

Really liked this one, clearly deserves its gold medal.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably one of the most overlooked IPAs in Colorado

Very nice looking beer. A bit hazy golden pour with nice fluffy and sticky white head.

Aroma is lush with citrus, pineapple hops with undertones of biscuit.Very nice

Can't get much better on the flavor. Citrus, tropical fruit, honeysuckle flowers and light biscuit. Very delicate and robust, tasty

Tight feel, nice and dry and solid bitterness. Very good IPA

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Domingo
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Y&Y in Westminster.
Arrives a really bright and colorful copper/orange. Head is kept to a 1/4" sheen on top of a glass mug.
The heart of this is all about fruit-noted hops. Pineapple, peach, orange peel, and just a little big of grapefruit and pine in the finish. Malts? Yup - there's a layer of breadiness under there that creeps up in each sip, but never really operates beyond offering some body to the hops. The finish and flavors are boldly hoppy, but never harsh or bitter.
Easy drinking and an excellent pairing for Indian and Nepali food as well. Texture is carbonated, but only mildly - making it go down very easily.
A surprisingly amazing beer at a random west Asian restaurant. Who would've guessed?
I've had lots of good IPAs in the last 9-10 months and this is one of the best so far.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a growler of which I've gotten half a dozen or more. Also just had the double IPA on tap at the brewery, for reference.
Poured from growler into a Corsendonk chalice.
Gold color with modest head and significant lace.
Big aroma of grassy hops, sweet malts, sour dough.
Significant mouthfeel and carbonation.
Flavors of amber malts, straw hops, cream of tartar, grassy hops, some slight pepper and astringency. Overall big, full bodies, flavorful with some challenging elements...some funky fruit rind juice, but overall very tasty for a pint or more.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of WDJersey
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blazer22
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a good brew overall, kind of a blend between east and west coast ipa styles. pours perfectly clear and radiant sunset yellow/orange color, with a one inch head that fades quickly. the smell is a mix of higer alpha hop varieties and some acidic grapefruity tartness in the finish. flavor is sweeter hops up front, bitter hops in the back, and a fruity yeast that ties it all together. cant say its anything way out of the ordinary, but its got a nice punch to it, and its a very sessionable ipa. it also stands up well to the spicy and flavorful food at the yak and yeti, which is a must. feel is fine, a little slim on carbonation and a little thin on body, but thats okay with the heavy food. overall a worthwhile ipa, plenty drinkable, and crisp in the finish.

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Himalayan IPA from Spice Trade Brewing / Yak & Yeti
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 32 ratings