Wednesday, September 7

Beer Review: Fire Mountain Bogart Northwest IPA

Grabbed this 22oz. bomber for under $6 as well from By The Bottle to try... there was also another IPA from them there that I will maybe try next time. This one stood out more so to me. 6.9% Alc. by Vol.

Appearance: (3.5)
- Pours a rather clear new copper penny color. Quick settling finger of white foam settles to a rather large sticking ring of foam, and a thin blanket on top. Looks a tad dark for an IPA like many I have tried recently.

Smell: (3.5)
- Smell is very smooth and balanced. Citrus, pine, and zesty herbal hops playing well with a muted caramel, and slightly sweet malt backing. Smells like a smooth number. Though a bit masked, and held back.

Taste: (3.5)
- Smooth, fruity, slight citrus, and zesty hops. Almost too much like a waldorph salad though. Slightly earthy, bready, piney.. cream-like. Perhaps it is my lack of taste in marris-otter malts.. slightly sweet. Overall it is solid, has a nice bitterness to it. Hops are great.. just not a fan of the malt.

Moth Feel: (4.0)
- Certainly a chewy IPA. Drying and a touch cloying.. not at all syrupy. Very well made medium bodied, well carbonated brew.

Overall: (4.0)
- It's certainly a solid Northwest style IPA. I just haven't found Marris Otter malts to be a favorite of mine, and would rather not see them in local IPA's. Maybe an English ESB or daily ale.. but not this. I like lighter colored, more biscuit-like IPA's. But it is solid, and I am sure many would really dig this beer. Certainly worth checking out.

B / 3.65

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