171. Walnut Brewery – 1123 IPA Draft

As I mentioned in my last post, we were in Boulder, CO for work and found the nearest brewpub for dinner.  After looking at the menu, nothing really stood out, so I thought I’d ask they waitress if they had any seasonals or anything that wasn’t on the beer menu.  She said, with a bit of disgust, “We do have this black IPA, but it’s really bitter.”  I said I’d have that, and then she asked, “Are you sure, it’s really bitter from a lot of hops.”  I wanted to tell her, “Um, yeah, that’s what makes it an IPA, and what makes it good” but I didn’t want any saliva in it.

When it arrived it was deep black in color and it had almost no head – just a little ring around the top of the glass.  There wasn’t much of an aroma to the beer at all, only a slight piney hop smell.

The body was fairly light, and the mouthfeel was smooth and crisp.  There was a bit of a malty flavor up front, and then a pleasant piney Centennial-like hop flavor in the finish.  The hop flavor was a bit less than I expected given the waitress’ reaction to my ordering this beer.  I wouldn’t call it super hoppy or bitter, just a nice pleasant hop bitterness which faded in the aftertaste.

I think this beer would probably go well with their BBQ ribs, as the flavors of the BBQ might bring out the roastiness of the malt a bit.  The lightness of the beer wouldn’t fill you up as the ribs might.

Overall, I thought this was a decent beer.  Despite the waitress’ remarks, it could have easily contained more hops and been an even better beer.  It was nice and drinkable.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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