Monday, September 22, 2014

No-Li Brewhouse - Inland Empire No. 8 Session IPA

Session anyone?
There's a YouTube video called 50 State Stereotypes (in two minutes). If you've never seen it, I recommend you click on the link that I so thoughtfully provided in the previous sentence. You're welcome in advance.

The line in the video for Oregon is pretty funny: "Dreadlocks on Caucasians." Ha! And then there's the line for our neighbor to the North, Washington State: "Richer hippies than Oregon." Ha, ha!

Truth is, Oregon and Washington have kind of a lukewarm relationship. No real love, no real hate, but we do tend to irritate the hell out of each other every once in a while. We're like dorm-mates: we get along because we're forced to live together, but if we weren't in such close proximity, we'd probably never hang out--or even talk.

One thing the two states do have in common is a love for fine craft beer. They brew a lot of great beer in Washington, that's for sure. Oh, it's not NEARLY as awesome as the beer brewed here in Oregon, but seriously, nothing is... (Let's see if I can start a fight, or at least a tweet war.) Yes, Washington craft beer is a-okay.

Tonight, I'm reviewing a "session IPA" brewed by No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane, WA: Inland Empire No. 8. The label advised that this 5.5% ABV has 67 IBU's and was dry-hopped with Cascades. How was it?

The beer poured into my IPA glass a light, golden orange color with a huge, foamy head. The head rose up to more than two fingers thick and dissipated slowly. Copious amounts of sudsy lacing was left behind and lasted until I finished the bomber off.

Aroma was citrus hops: Lemon, orange and grapefruit. Mild stone and tropical fruit. Some floral notes. Sweet malt smell underneath it all.

Taste followed the nose. Loads of citrus hops flavor. Grapefruit and lemon. Very flavorful for a "session" beer. Nice malt backbone to this brew, too. No noticeable alcohol taste at all, as you'd expect from the lower ABV.

Medium to slightly thinner mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation. This one was an easy drink. I polished off the bomber pretty quickly. The citrus hops flavor was left pleasantly behind on the palate.

Nice! I would call this an excellent beginner IPA, or a perfect lawnmower IPA. Lots of flavor, but very quaffable. I'm giving Inland Empire No. 8 a respectable BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4. Good job, Washington! Keep brews like this one coming across the border, but keep your rich hippies at home, um-kay? ;-)

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoy No-Li brews. If your ever in Spokane make sure to stop by No-Li, they have a nice comfortable pub with great food....and Dry Fly Distilling is right next door...bonus!