Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Beer Review: Jasper Ridge Brewery, Ishpeming, MI - IPA

Hello there fellow beer enthusiasts. So a friend picked me up a growler of IPA from JasperRidge Brewery in Ishpeming, MI while swinging through the U.P. of Michigan this weekend. Being from a growler it had nothing on it about the specific beer. I found nothing on and since their website gives no info about their beer I'll do this as is, here it goes!

A- Pours a slightly hazy rusty/golden color, with hints of deep amber throughout. An inch-high head forms and slowly falls over time. Lots of bubbles and lacing present.

S- Wow, is this beer ever floral! For an IPA this is what I love. I can pick up flowers, honey nectar, pineapple, earthy/grassiness, and tons of odd citrus notes that go flowing through. They present themselves, and then quickly morph into other scents that fade and change just as quickly. It's really a deep nose on this one. I keep getting pulled back to that honey note, it just keeps presenting itself. The nose here is almost that of a Two Hearted Ale from Bells, but a lot less piney.

T- While the pine scents are somewhat masked in the nose, the pine flavor hits your right up front. There a nice citrusy notes all over the mouth. Foremost of these is grapefruit, there is a little orange in there but it's not very pronounced. Yhere is a flowery and sightly grassy flavor lurking in there as well. The flavor is wonderful, however it is sadly not as pronounced or deep as any of the IPA's from Bell's, Founders or New Holland.

M- The mouthfeel here is very good. The beer has some weight and depth to it, as well as having a good, mouth-coating texture. It is not cloying in any way.

D- Very drinkable beer. I could easily enjoy some of these any time of year.

Overall, if you're going through the Western U.P. make sure to try and stop by Ishpeming to get your hands on some of this. I'd love to try the other styles as well.

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