Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Brendan's SIP: Skagit River Sculler's IPA

Type: IPA
Origin: Mount Vernon, Washington
Price: $4.99 per 22 oz
ABV: 7.2%
NSP: 9.38

Well, this is definitely a step down in the Seattle IPA Plow. Even though Mount Vernon is halfway between Seattle and Canada, I will still count this as Seattle since it is still near Puget Sound. While this isn't a terrible beer, it definitely misses the mark in the IPA category. This reminds me more of an ESB, and on the website they do say this is "A dry and roasty version of this old London style.". The hops are mainly bittering varietals, with most of the aroma being overwhelmed by some toffee malts. The taste definitely lights up the sides of the tongue, so you definitely can tell there is quite a bit of bitterness. Overall, I would pass on this one.

Also, the picture of the place on their website looks like some sort of poorly lit biker den. Reminded me of The Town Pump out in Westmoreland, California (which is either good or bad depending on your mood).

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