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Monday, February 25th 2013

Old Wylie's IPA
(Rivertowne Brewing Company)

In the past two months Rivertowne Brewing Company has release six different cans. The move comes after the Pittsburgh area brewery finished work on a production facility and installing a canning line from Cask Brewing Systems. You've got to love the Warhol-esque can design they've gone with for their Old Wylie's IPA! Cheers!

From the Rivertowne Brewing Company site:

"Andrew Maxwell put over 1.5 decades of recipe development into this India Pale Ale, creating the fourth dimension of flavor. Combining four varities of hops produces a unique beer that has an aggressive hop flavor, bite and aroma without denying the presence of malt which I.P.A.s often lack."

Here we go...

Pour - bright orange with nice carbonation levels. We've learned that it can be tricky to get that down when you first start canning. The inch of head retreats into the hoppy abyss leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma - a slightly tropical sweetness is the first thing that we smell followed by pine and sharp citrus. There are also some hints of grainy maltiness.

Taste - that first sip hits the tongue's bitter receptors and is followed by a wave of bready/biscuity sweetness. Some floral hop flavors are present along with a sharp, crisp finish. Plenty of IBUs leave the tongue a bit dry but certainly not down for the count. A little more of this and it will be just fine.


Overall - Old Wylie's delivers a dose of hoppy bitterness that is balanced well by a malty/biscuity sweetness. Not over the top with astringent hoppiness, instead this is an easy drinking IPA with a nice bite in the finish. Certainly worth another pint ...just to make sure.


Note - the tongue's taste buds that detect bitterness are the most sensitive. Because bitterness is commonly a flavor of things that are toxic, the ability to detect this flavor in very tiny amounts is a survival tool and something that has played a key role in evolution. 

"Old Wylie" is the name of the fish that appears in the brewery's logo

Old Wylie's IPA
Style: American IPA
Brewery: Rivertowne Brewing Company
Murrysville, Pennsylvania  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.2%
IBUs: ???
Date: February 25th, 2013

Posted by Russ

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