Stomping Ground
Checkerspot Brewing Company

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
ABV:
5.4%
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Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 0.5%
Reviews:
1
Ratings:
3
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Checkerspot Brewing Company
 
Maryland, United States
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mynie from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn just a regular, straight-up IPA? They didn't add lawn clippings to it or age it in tar barrels or nothing fancy like that? Wow. I didn't think it was legal to brew something like this no more.

Pour is straightforward: Dark yellow, bordering on orange, very hazy and with a lovely white head.

Hop profile seems old school at first, perhaps cascade, but after a few sniffs it seems like something different. There's a bit less pine and just a hint of tropical fruit against a malt profile that's a weird but pleasant combination of toast and marshmallows.

Tastes like it smells, marked heavily by the unknown hop (a google search reveals it to be "Experimental Hop #07270," which I have not heard of before). Hop spice starts things off with what can be described as a nice blend of European spiciness and American citrusy-ness. The malt in the middle is a tad too sweet for the hop profile--it never gets cloying but it's just a little bit unbalanced. It comes together a lot better on the finish, though, where the spice of the hops blends with the aforementioned marshmallow nodes.

This beer pulls off the rare feat of being unique without being super intense. They don't *quite* knock it out of the park, but it's a great effort and a solid beer.

Apr 21, 2020
Stomping Ground from Checkerspot Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 3 ratings