Thursday, May 30th 2013
Northern California was a place I called home for a good part of my life and Seabright Brewery was one of the first breweries I ever visited, having gone to high school in nearby Soquel. It's hard to believe that this year they're celebrating 25 years of brewing beer in Santa Cruz! One of the ways they've commemorated the occasion is by releasing a limited amount of their Blur IPA in cans, which was made possible with the help of the good folks from The Can Van. Thanks goes out to my stepfather for swinging by the brewery to pick up some cans for me after dealing with UCSC students all day. Cheers!
From the Seabright Brewery site:
"This beer is a traditional filtered Pacific Northwest India Pale Ale. Although golden in color, this is not a light beer. With more than 60 bitterness units it’s got a bite to it, but is well balanced by the sweetness of a 7.4% alcohol by volume brew. This a is a very aggressive tasting beer."
Here we go...
Pour - brilliant orange/amber in appearance with an inch of off-white foam on top. Lacing is quite good as it settles.
Aroma - sweet malts, honey, caramel, lemon and orange zest, muted pine and citrus.
Taste - first sip and a lot of the caramel and malt sweetness hits the tongue. A sharp citrus flavor from the hops follows and takes over. Not overly bitter but certainly citrusy. At 7.4% this is a fairly strong IPA but without any hot alcohol notes. A little oily and resiny with a bitter-sweet-bitter finish.
Overall - a solid IPA that drinks below its strength yet packs a nice hop bite. Happy to get a chance to try this one from a can and share a few with friends who've never been to Santa Cruz. Also, and this has nothing to do with the beer, I really like the label design. Very cool.
Note - this is the first beer that has been canned by Seabright Brewery and is only being sold at the brewery in Santa Cruz. The Can Van has also canned a limited run of Casinos IPA for nearby Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. Uncommon Brewers, also in Santa Cruz, cans a number of their beers as well. Lot's of canned craft beer options in my old hometown.
Posted by Russ
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