Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Aztec Sacrifice

type: red IPA
origin: San Diego, CA
price: $8/22
ABV: 7.6%
NSP: 6.2

This is the best beer I've had from the brand-spanking new Aztec brewery.  Maybe that's because it's the first I've ever had, but, still, I like it.  This is a red IPA, a style which not many breweries attempt, but is pretty delicious.  For me Hop Head Red is the cake topper, and sadly I don't think this measures up to it.

I don't dislike it though!  It's got a nice, rich malt base that has some smoky hop flavors.   The coloration is, well, red, and thus it's quite reminiscent of a red ale.  But it's definitely an IPA at it's core.  Hoppy and straightforward malt base.  Every other sip or so I get a waft, and taste, of brown sugar, although that doesn't detract from the experience.

If they can bring up the NSP a bit I'm sold, but $8 is a bit much when HHR is better, and has twice the NSP.  Something odd I noticed too: The name--Aztec Sacrifice--is apparently trademarked (®) by them.  Why?!?  I found simplified legalese from this website:
The ® symbol may ONLY be used AFTER the US Government grants a Federal registration certificate. The ® symbol may not be used while the Federal application is pending. Additionally, the ® symbol may only be used in connection with the goods and services listed on the registration certificate.
So this means Aztec brewery has had a copyright on the name Aztec Sacrifice as a red IPA for a while, which means they filed for it before the brewery was up and running.  Huh?  Is it that good that we might start seeing knockoffs?  Pretty balsy move, Aztec.  I'm thinking of a new red IPA: Aztek Sakrificez.  Anyone up for a legal battle?

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