Thursday, May 22, 2014

Latitude 33 Camel Corps IPA

type: IPA
origin: San Diego, CA
ABV: 6.8%
price: $5.09/22oz
NSP: 8.7
website (Cool name, bro.  No, actually, there's a pretty cool story about the name.)

First impressions are important.  The first thing you notice is the over carbonation along with a mild buttery smell -- a combination which is definitely off putting.  Meh.

The flavor is somewhere in between a good english IPA, with fruity hops, and a boring East Coast malt bomb, with stale hops.  Oddly, the flavors seem to be going back and forth: at one sip I'm enjoying it, and at the next the aromas are weighing me down.  Meh.

 After a while, though, my qualms have faded into a mild case of beer apathy, which means I'd pick this up over most unknown IPAs, but probably never over an established SD IPA.  So, again, meh, which brings the grand total to three.

This has potential, but it's also flawed, and it seems to me that new SD brewers can't afford to make meh.  Let's hope they get this straightened out.

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