Head Pin IPA
Ten Pin Brewing Co.

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #4,813
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
86
Ranked #30,250
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 7.24%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
15
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Ten Pin Brewing Co.
 
Washington, United States
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SCORE
86
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 15
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3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is surprisingly copper red in color, clear, with ample head formation. I'm not getting much aroma, but flavor is a classic NW IPA, resinous and woodsy, with an underpinning (no pun intended) of munich or biscuit malt. More balanced, more of a double red ale than an IPA, maybe. Carbonation is productively heavy, on account of how much bitterness and weighty malt there is here. Finish is not clean.

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3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased 6 pk cans in Bellingham WA. BB sticker: Feb 9/19

Pours deep amber. very clean, nice thick creamy head.
Aroma is bready, malty.
Taste: definite malt backbone. The hops are less aroma and flavor, and more present as bittering.
Which is a bit odd, as all the previous recipes that include Mosaic / Citra / Simcoe that I've had are big on aroma and citrusy flavors, almost nil on bittering.

It's a good beer, heavier on the malt flavor than the hops ---- but less sweet than another, similarly malty IPA, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA.

Nice wintery IPA.

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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big, fat pile of creamy foam in the Duvel tulip. Creamy mouthfeel is thoroughly inviting. Very dark amber, more of an auburn color. Rich and a little sweet. Malty and woody. Pineapple aroma plus pine and citrus flavors. Hops are listed as Mosaic, Citra, and Simcoe.

Some warm, even roasted grain. This is a robust sort of IPA, not overly bitter but loaded with hops on a very substantial malty base. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Malt & Vine in Redmond.

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3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Non-dated 12oz can poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very lovely coppery-gold-amber color with less tan 1/2 inch of khaki head that had low retention and no lacing.

The aroma was mostly lightly sweet malt, with just a very light hint of classic NW "C-hop" hop presence. Pretty similar on the tongue, with a bit of citrus tang on the finish.

Body was smooth and even, with a semi-sweet finish. Drinkability was solid, I drank my can easily enough. Overall, a pleasant enough little brew, but, if this can is representative, not a terribly impressive one. Hoping to try again with a more known age factor. Worth trying if you see it.

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3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

TENPIN HEAD PIN IPA
22oz bomber purchased at J.B."s in Spokane. WA, for $5.99. First time I'd seen a Ten Pin beer anywhere. No date on the bottle, but it was in the cooler at J.B.''s, which is the safest place to grab an undated IPA from that particular bottle shop, so hopefully I'm lucky.

Poured into a Selkirk Abbey shaker pint glass, this was a dark, mahogany color, taking on a more burnt orange hue when held up to light. There was a large, creamy, off-white head that took a few minutes to drop and left considerable lace on the sides of the glass.

Piney and malty in the nose.

The flavor is of mildly piney and grapefruity hops, with a bready malt backbone that's higher in the mix than I generally care for. Maybe it's lost a little hoppy brightness due to this just getting on in age (remember, no dates on the bottle), or maybe it's just a real malty take on the style, but the taste does not wow me.

Medium-to-full bodied, with a little low carbonation for an IPA.

This drinks like a strangely heavy bodied pale ale, but I don't think that's what's supposed to be going on here. I think this was, in fact, past it's prime. If I can find one that's certain to be fresher, I will test that hypothesis. Until then, I see no need to make another visit to J.B.'s for this, and not much of a reason to get off the freeway at Moses Lake next time I drive by.

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Head Pin IPA from Ten Pin Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 15 ratings