Friday, July 20

Beer Review: Mt. Hood Brewing Ice Axe IPA

"Tasting Notes:
Well balanced to allow the caramel of the malts to be up front with the subtle finish of hops added during the 120 minute boil.
Ingredients:
Malts:  Crystal, Munich, 2-Row Pale, Malted Wheat
Hops:   Centennial, Mt. Hood, Magnum, Golding, Willamette
Profile:
IBU:    60
ABV:   5.7 percent"

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Appearance: (4.0)
- This beer is mostly clear, and a nice dark caramel color. Orange really. There was a nice chunky foam finger of head at the pour, and what is left is a chunky spotty layer over the brew with a bit of a ring of lace. Overall looks like a good English style IPA.  


Smell: (3.5)
- Certainly a wonderful aroma of darker more creamy flavored malts in the nose. Light brown sugar, wheat, and a baked bready aroma. Light grassy and earthy hops lend a little aroma, but not so much. Not bad smelling for the style. But certainly not a typical NW IPA. 


Taste: (3.5)
- This is one balanced and tasty brew. There is a nice subtle punch of very early boil hops that lend this beer some killer bitterness with its grassy an zesty hops. Certainly a little spice kick to them. The smooth caramel and bready malts really provide the balance. Lovely full flavor for being as light as it is in ABV. 


Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- This beer has a pretty big body and is very nicely carbonated. Nice creamy texture, and isn't overly sticky or chewy. It's nice bitterness doesn't make it at all too drying either. It's quite nice.


Overall: (4.0)
- This is a solid beer from start to finish. It's also a nice IPA to let warm up a little to really get a lot out of its malt character. Nice bready grain flavors and a super good and unique bitterness to balance. Certainly worth the try. It's quite the session beer as well, and also a meal in a bottle.


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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