Monday, August 1

Beer Review: Fire Mountain Brew House - Tan Line Summer IPA

Missed their brew at the Oregon Brewers Festival, and saw this bomber offering at By the Bottle, so I snagged it up a few days ago to try. I just spoiled myself with lobster tail, and a good Pinot, so I am on sensory overdrive.


Appearance: (4.0)
- A nice light colored caramel that has just the slightest touch of glowing haze throughout. Solid finger of white thick head.. settles to a spotty creamy thin layer covering the top, and some lacing in waves around the glass.

Smell: (3.5)
- A light caramel and biscuit malt profile with a bit of a fruity scent. Light sugars, and a great grassy herbal hop presence. Citrus aromas as well. Overall not too shabby. Smells balanced and solid. Bit rich on the malt.

Taste: (3.5)
- Smooth sweet caramel malts, bitter pine and citrus hops... bit grassy and earthy.. little fruit saladish.. some phenols are hanging about in the finish. Overall pretty good and balanced. Good bitterness.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Dry and medium bodied. Little cloying and palate smacking from the bitter dryness. Well carbonated and easy to drink.

Overall: (3.5)
- The highlight of this beer is the dry bitterness. If you don't like hops, you won't like this beer much. It isn't over the top with aroma hops, and has a decent and solid grain bill it seems. Other than some light phenols and medicinal flavors hiding in the finish, the beer is pretty solid.

B / 3.53

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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