Thursday, May 30, 2013

Ironfire 51/50 IPA

type: IPA
origin: Temecula, CA
price: $5.40/22oz
ABV: 6.5%
NSP: 7.8

I first came across Ironfire's beer after a 5k in Temecula, CA.  Want to know what I hate?  Running.  Want to know what makes running palatable?  Beer afterwards.  I recall having this but not paying much attention because there was a petting zoo setup next to their display, and who doesn't love touching a pot-belly pig?   I do also remember Bratski thoroughly enjoying their stout, so maybe he'll do a review if we don't lose him to the Pacific Northwest Labyrinth. On to the beer...

Outstanding aromas!  Fruity and hoppy and wonderful.  Is this a treat?  Yeah, I'd say this is a treat.  The body is not overwhelming--perfect in fact--and it's hoppy as shit.  What else do you want in an IPA?  I taste that bit of ash you sometimes find in ultra hoppy west coast IPA, but it's not something I was dwelling on.

Overall this is simply a fine IPA in a sea of fine IPA.  It's definitely a hop bomb made for hop heads.  In fact, I'd dare say they should back the hopping off a tad bit and they'll have a Firestone Union Jack type of IPA (clean hoppy flavors with an appropriate level of malt and body).  But, for the price and value, I'll go ahead and place this ahead of Stone IPA, but behind Ballast Point Big Eye.  Well done you outlaw brewers.

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