Hop Notch IPAJanuary 1, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT
Uinta Brewing Co.
Salt Lake City, UT
Available: AZ, CA, CO, DC, DE, GA, ID, IL, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OR, PA, UT, VA, WA, WY
Since 2001, Uinta Brewing has been 100% wind powered. the first Utah company to do so. To continue its commitment to use renewable resources, Uinta Brewing installed solar-electric paneling on the brewery’s roof in 2011.
Original gravity: n/a
A 7.3 percent beer with an entrancing pale gold color and dense, fluffy head of foam. There’s a massive aroma of peaches and mangoes, with creamy oatmeal maltiness and tangy hop resins. Bitter hops and rich fruit dominate the palate with a strong backbone of clean, juicy malt. The finish has some pleasing malty sweetness but it’s balanced by tart and tangy hop resins and a continuing rich yet mellow fruitiness.
- Roger Protz
Well, alrighty then—I can smell this beer as soon as it hits the glass. The beer is hazy deep gold and the tan foam is abundant, but it drops back. A distinctive hop aroma leaps from the glass—lemons, oranges, mint, a touch of sagebrush. On the palate, it’s broadly bitter without getting silly about it, and the dry center gains its gravity from fruity aromatics rather than actual sweetness. All told, this is a very robust but drinkable IPA with plenty of personality. I suddenly want a huge plate of very spicy nachos.
- Garrett Oliver
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
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