Thursday, November 8th 2012
House Brand IPA
(Big River Brewing Company)
Earlier this year Big River Brewing Company made canning history when they became the first brewery in their state to begin offering their beers in cans. They released both their House Brand IPA and their Big River Pilsner in cans during the summer and both were an instant hit with consumers in the Volunteer State. You can also find both of them on tap, as well as quite a few other offerings, at any of the four different brewpubs they operate.
From the Big River site:
"This classic copper colored ale has a pronounced hop aroma and assertive bitterness. American- grown Galena and Cascade hops are the star of this fragrant and citrusy dry-hopped masterpiece."
Here we go...
Pour - light auburn in appearance with a good inch of white head on top. Carbonation looks spot on, a very nice looking pour.
Aroma - pine and citrus, pineapple juice and other tropical fruits, apricots, along with some floral notes. Very aromatic.
Taste - first first sip is crisp with a strong hop flavor, plenty of those tropical fruit flavors as well. A nice malty backbone balances out the hoppiness which is assertive but not astringent. Plenty of IPA goodness is packed with love into this can.
Overall - a solid IPA from the good folks in Chattanooga. Nicely balanced with great hop aroma an almost juicy hop flavor .Very easy drinking with a nice hop profile along with a fresh aroma nice sweet tropical notes. It would be easy to drink a lot of these...
Note - if a 12 oz. can isn't enough to satisfy your thirst you'll be happy to know that Big River also puts both their House Brand IPA and their Pilsner in 5-liter mini kegs!
Posted by Russ
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