Tuesday, August 13, 2013

10 Barrel Brewing Company - Hop Project #91 Black IPA

IPA is the new black.
Here is yet another Hop Project beer from 10 Barrel Brewing Company. Like the others, this beer is simply identified by a number: #91.

#91 is a Black India Pale Ale. The label provides all the information:

ABV: 7.3%
IBU: 94
OG: 16.35 degrees Plato
SRM: 32.5
KETTLE HOPS: Magnum, Simcoe, Chinook
DRY HOPS: Chinook, Simcoe

Hey, what more do you need to know? Oh, yeah, how about how it tastes? Let's get to reviewin'.

The beer poured from 12 oz. bottle into glass a dark brown/black color with thick, creamy, mocha-colored head. The head rose up to a good finger thick and dissipated slowly. A significant amount of sudsy, webby lace was left all over the glass.

Aroma was very interesting. Lots of citrus and pine. Orange and grapefruit. There's also a prominent toasted malt smell. Chocolate and burnt coffee.

Taste was citrus hops right up front. Grapefruit and orange. Toasted malt. Chocolate and coffee. The hops bitterness is balanced very well with the malt. Honestly, it took me a few sips to get on board with the flavor profile in this brew. It seemed a little mismatched at first go, but as the beer warmed up, I warmed up to it.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Creamy finish.

All-in-all, this is a fairly decent brew. Not really my style, but they can't all be. Still, it's a quality beer with a lot of character. I'm giving #91 a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4.

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