Sunday, February 19, 2012

Marin Brewing Company IPA

Hello beer lovers, happy SF Beer Week and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Today’s featured beer is Marin Brewing Company IPA.  I’ve passed this beer by many times and I’m not sure why.  On a recent trip I decided to pick a bottle up and give it a try.
From the Marin Brewing Company website:” This style was originally developed to be hard and bitter enough to withstand the travel and storage required to reach the torrid climate in India. When the soldiers returned home they found themselves so accustomed to its bold character, they requested it as a regular Pub offering. Our IPA is brewed with Canadian 2-row Pale Malt, Crisp Specialty Malt and triple hopped with Cascades and Columbus Hops.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a deep copper color with a foamy off-white head and a ton of lacing.
Aroma: Mostly citrus hops, but there are pine and floral hops present in the nose.  I also detect toasted and sweet malts scents.
Taste: Sweet caramel malt, citrus and pine hops, but not overly bitter.  I’m so used to huge hop bombs this one is very nicely subdued, but in a very good way.
Overall: Very well balanced and incredibly drinkable, Marin Brewing Company’s IPA at 7% ABV is an excellent American IPA.  This isn’t a typical West Coast hophead beer, but one I will certainly drink again and one that I’d gladly recommend to others.


Mark Harvey

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