Relay IPA | Thorn Street Brewery

BA SCORE
3.8/5
30 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thorn Street Brewery
California, United States
thornstreetbrew.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mactrail on 08-17-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,130
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
30
pDev:
8.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.24 with 10 percent off for a variety 6-pack
Purchased: Sept. 1, 2017
Consumed: Sept. 5, 2017
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Canned on Aug. 17, 2017

Picked this up on a recent trip to Bine & Vine as part of a variety 6-pack (and 10 percent off). Originally thought I had never tried a Thorn beer, but looked on Untappd and realized I gave Foreplay a 3.5 on Jan. 24, 2014 and Blind Lady Ale House and Fornication a 3.75 for a taster on April 21, 2016 at Knotty Barrel. Either way, had heard about this one and had been wanting to try it. Can description read, “This San Diego-style IPA is hop forward and not overly malty or bitter. Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo, and Citra run a hop relay during the brew. Flavors of citrus, mango, grapefruit, and pine blend to form a deliciously hoppy beverage.” Four hops are usually one too many for me, but Simcoe and Citra! Don’t mind Centennial or Amarillo either. Hoping this one works.

Poured a gold, semi-clear color with four fingers of rocky white head. Could see a few bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent spiderweb foamy lacing. Excellent foamy retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Initial hop smelled Amarillo, Centennial and Citra in order, while not getting any Simcoe. Also got pine, lime, mango, passion fruit, orange blossom and Juicy Fruit. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted a garbled mess of hops, in order got Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe and Citra. Also getting more, maybe Columbus and Nelson? Seems boozier than 7.2 pct. Also got bitter tangerine rind, mango, pineapple, pine and hints of passion fruit. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. Feeling more like a DIPA. (Feel - 3.50)

This was a good IPA, but not sure I’d want to have it again. (Overall - 3.50)

3.61 | 82 | B

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3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned on July 6th 2017.

L: Clear honey gold, big fluffy off-white head with great retention.

S: Citrus and pine hops, quite dank. Good biscuity malt. Nice.

T: Again a lot of citrus and pine, refreshing flavors. Good malt base.

F: Light, crisp and dry.

O: Pretty nice IPA.

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Relay IPA from Thorn Street Brewery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 30 ratings
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