Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Barrelhouse IPA

type: IPA (duh)
origin: Paso Robles, CA
price: $6.50/22oz
ABV: 7%
NSP: 7

Guess what?  The New Kids on the Paso Block (it's a short block) are giving their first show.  What I want to know before we start is if this beer is the Mark, or Donnie, of the Wahlbergs?  At the moment Firestone is certainly running El Paso Roble, but I'm not above changing my mind, so let's see where this takes us...

Firstly, I have to give credit to their bottle design: in a sea awash with egomaniacal, hop-stroking, self-gratification (lookin' at you, Stone), BBC* has made a classy and inviting presentation.  And, here's an interesting feature seen on their website: this is, apparently, "well made" craft beer.  So, I guess this means they wish to distinguish themselves from "poorly made" craft beer.  Funny how things have changed.  "Macro beer" used to be the dirty word.  Now, the majority of "craft beer" is, I guess.

But what about the beer?  Very nice, mild hop aromas.  Malty, but adequately balanced (and then some) by the hops.  Interestingly,  if you take big gulps the beer is nicely refreshing, and indicates the proper hop to malt ratio; if you take small sips, however, there's some ash on the finish.  Is this because of a certain hop?  Dunno, but either way I think Barrelhouse is poised to compete in a town absolutely dominated by amazing wine, and Firestone.  Welcome to the game, BBC.

* Never thought I write that acronym down in the public domain.

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