Friday, October 25, 2013

Brendan's SIP: Old Schoolhouse Imperial IPA

Type: Imperial IPA
Origin: Winthrop, WA
Price: $7.99 per 22 oz
ABV: 9%
NSP: 7.3

I reviewed this beer back in March when I was interviewing for my current job, but just haven't gotten around to adding the picture (you would be surprised how many drafts we have). Also, I am including this in the Seattle IPA plow even though Winthrop is not really in the Seattle metro area (its out in the mountains).  I picked this up at the Metropolitan Market in Queen Anne, which had quite a good beer selection. This one I picked up because it got 95 points on RateBeer and I was really in the mood for a strong IPA (this was right after the interview, which was 10 hours of meetings). And let me just start by saying I am not disappointed in this purchase. The nose on this is actually quite subtle, and you don't get the hop-bliteration you would with some of the bigger names in DIPAs, but it is still pleasant. And there are most definitely no defects noticeable. The color is actually quite magnificent (which might be from the glass at my hotel...btw, Maxwell Hotel is much recommended). Onto the taste: more of the subtlety as with the nose with a bit of bitter bite on the finish. It is quite strange in this regard because the hops are not blatant and citrusy, but then it isn't overtly malty as one would expect in some of the unbalanced DIPAs. It is quite light, remarkable given its 9%, and I think thats really where this shines. Its not the best, but definitely enjoyable and fully shonkable.

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