331. Six Row Brewing – Double IPA

Six Row Double IPAAfter having the STLIPA and Winged Nut at Urban Chestnut, my friend Joe and I headed over to Six Row in St. Louis on our “mini-micro tour” (stopping at 3-4 microbreweries today).  We were bummed we missed out on their bacon infused “Porked Porter” yesterday.  Additionally, their taps seemed a bit limited, as the bartender mentioned that they were preparing for the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival next weekend.  After having the STLIPA, and since Joe was driving, I went for their double IPA.

Location: On tap at Six Row Brewing in St. Louis, MO.

Numbers: 8.4% ABV, 68 IBUs, 8 SRM, 18 Plato OG, ~ 240 Calories

Ingredients: Hops: Columbus, Centennial, and Chinook

Appearance & Aroma: The beer was served in a 10oz snifter and was dark orange, almost brown in color.  There was almost no head, with only a thin ring of carbonation around the glass.  There was a slight citrus hop aroma with a little bit of caramel maltiness.

Taste & Feel: It had a very smooth mouthfeel, and was medium to full bodied.  There was a sweet caramel and slightly bready maltiness up front, followed by a decent amount of citrus hop flavor.  The hop flavor was mostly citrus in the finish, but with a bit more resiney-piney flavors coming through.

Food Pairing: The big flavor and big ABV of this beer calls for a hearty meal to match it.  I would pair this with a nice, thick, juicy burger.  There caramel and breadiness would mix well with the burger and bun, while the citrus and slightly resiney flavors would add a nice complexity to the meal.

Overall Impression: While the hop flavors definitely dominated in the finish, it was obvious that this had a healthy malt backbone.  It’s hard to call a double IPA drinkable, but it was very smooth and easy drinking.  Overall, I thought it was a pretty good beer.

My Rating: ★★★½☆

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Author: kkozlen

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