Organic IPANovember 1, 2005 Olympia, WA
Fish Brewing Co. Olympia, WA Available: WA, OR, ID, AK, CA The recipe for this IPA has been revamped recently to suit organic ingredients. Alcohol (wt.): 4.6 Alcohol (vol.): 6 Color: 8.5 Bitterness: 50 Original Gravity: 16 p Final gravity: n/a Malts used: n/a Hops used: Pacific Gem from New Zealand
Kudos to Fish Brewing Co, for supporting sustainable farmers and offering such exceptional beers. By IPA standards, this fish is mid-stream both in color -deep golden with hints of amber; and bitterness - enough to satisfy the hop-head, but not overpowering with a meal. The mouth-feel is light and refreshing making it easy to drink, especially as we did, with spicy alu gobi, sag paneer, eggplant bharta, tandoori halibut and basmati rice - all smothered with creamy raita and served with crispy pepper pappadums.
- Charles Finkel
Bright, clear orange marmalade colour. Biscuit head. Mega aromas: dried and fresh orange peel; grapefruit skins and zest with a very slight barley sugar sweetness underscoring. Celery or even Fennel in the background? An instant cleansing bitterness, like a chomping a mouthful of fresh orange peel. Balancing sweetness and acids are there if you look. Incredible brewery freshness. A dry finish, cleansing, then curiously warming. Bitterness persists. A gloriously fresh and clean beer; criminally appetizing. I am thinking a of a wonderful orange and fennel salad consumed in Rome two years ago. Needs some garlicky oily fish through which it would cut with absolute precision.
- Michael Jackson
Amber and hazy in the glass, with a thick white head that quickly gives way to elegant lacing. Citrus, earthy, some pine on the nose, pretty much overwhelming mild caramel malt, though not intense for the style. Hops also dominate the flavor; some fruitiness and caramel notes emerge as the beer warms. Medium body, finishes dry, the bitterness lingering and a bit astringent. Interesting combinations of flavors that don’t quite come together for the clean focus “organic” might imply.
- Stan Hieronymus
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
Editor at Realbeer.com, a professional journalist for 40 years and amateur brewer for 15, Hieronymus is the author of four beer books, including Brew Like a Monk.
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