Hi-Pitch India Pale Ale | Hi-Wire Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hi-Wire Brewing
North Carolina, United States
hiwirebrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A western North Carolina IPA that does not apologize for balancing a sturdy malt backbone with citrus-forward aromas and a lingering bitterness. Expect big grapefruit flavors from the plethora of hops to balance out the malt in this well-balanced ale.

Added by fmccormi on 08-12-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
172
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
12.23%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
49
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 172
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Priding themselves in not only a slew of hop aromas and flavor, but also a somber and responsible balance that brings this American IPA back in line to the well-sculpted flavors that frame their British roots. Hi-Wire's Hi-Pitch carries a firm malt support without interfering with the abundance of hops.

The North Carolina IPA pours a hazy burnt orange color with a depth of amber through the center. The nose is rife with hops- citrus, herbal, grassy and tea-like with hints of jam and honey. The initial taste picks up on those sweeter impressions and carries through with caramel, granola and biscuit roundness.

While the malty backbone holds firm, the sweetness drifts slightly and makes way for the hop balance to gradually take command. Pink grapefruit, freshly zested orange, hints of lemon and apricot with a smooth mango and passionfruit flavor following up. Trending bitter yet smooth, the finish is sprucy with juniper berry, citrus peel, woodsy and perfumy sassafras and broadly bitter with tea and stone fruit.

Medium-bodied for IPA, the beer's starchy and biscuity texture offers a pillowy softness that buffers the sharpness of hops and keeps their gripping bitternesses in check. An aftertaste of citrus and herb outlasts the malt and reminds the palate that this IPA has deep West Coast roots as well.

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Photo of chiefbender
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eddiestep
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A copper orange pour with a slight haze produces a 2” off white foam cap that is moderately persistent and lacy.

S: Earthy, minty hops with some citrus and light fruit aromas.

T: Medium toasty malt with light fruit, a touch of orange citrus joined by a moderately assertive herbal quinine-like bitterness.

F: Very creamy, medium body and carbonation.

O: Flavorful with nice malt and hops.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a lager glass. Apparent BB date on the bottom of May 2016.
Pours with a deep amber body that appears to have ample carbonation. The small but durable bone-colored head leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the glass. High clarity for an "unfiltered" (label) brew.

Citrus and herbal hop aromas precede the very fruity (citrus) flavor. Moderate bitterness is below average for American IPAs, which is fine by me.

O: a very good IPA, at least for those who like the fruity hop varieties and limited bitterness.

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3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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2.72/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Uncwest96
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12/30....pours a modestly dark bronze with loads of white foam. Light grapefruit and pine notes in the aroma. Big bitter open, light malt, heavy bitter close. Grassy/oily. Heavy pine throughout.

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3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dvmin98
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Hi-Pitch India Pale Ale from Hi-Wire Brewing
3.68 out of 5 based on 172 ratings.
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