Sunday, June 23, 2013

10 Barrel Brewing Company - OG Wheat IPA

Represent, Bend, Ore-GUN!
It's Sunday and I took a little trip to the Used Food Store (Grocery Outlet) to stock up on cost-effective beer. They have some decent prices at the Used Food Store and this beer drinking hobby of mine is getting out of financial control, I'll tell you what.

I picked up a bomber of 10 Barrel Brewing Company's OG Wheat IPA for $3.49. Deal! The label proclaims an ABV of 6.5%. It also states that OG is an homage to the "original gangsters" of Oregon craft brewing. Okay, let's see how crunk this sh*t can get.

The beer poured into my pint glass a clear, golden orange color with a lively white head. The head bubbled up to an inch thick and dissipated at a moderate rate. A respectable amount of lacing was left behind all over the glass.

Aroma was a big sock of citrus hops as soon as the cap was popped off the bomber. Orange and grapefruit. A faint smell of sweet malt and tropical fruit in the background.

Taste delivered a nice, big citrus and pine pucker right up front. Predominantly grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors. Mango, pineapple and guava. Sweet malt and light cereal grain.

Medium mouthfeel with bubbly carbonation that brought the head right back to life when the glass was refreshed. Semi-dry finish.

I really like this one. Lots of character. Nice balance and I would have never guessed wheat beer unless I read it on the label. I'm giving OG a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/3 crushed cans out of 4.

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