Fun discovery of the week: Wednesday is IPA night at Barleys (at least the one in OP – I’d assume the beer specials are the same at the one in Shawnee, but I haven’t been there yet to check)
What this means for you, dear reader: you’ll probably be seeing a lot of IPA reviews on Thursdays 😀
Name: BridgePort (yes, that’s how they do the capitalization/spacing – I didn’t make that up) IPA
Origin: BridgePort Brewing Co., Oregon
Style: English Pale Ale
ABV: 5.5% (fairly low for an IPA)
I drank this: on tap at Barley’s OP
This IPA is one of my favorites. It’s easy to drink, not overpowering, and low enough in alcohol that you can safely have more than one without regretting it in a few hours (unlike, say, anything from Bear Republic, whose IPAs are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-strong and significantly less subtle)(I adore Bear Republic IPAs). This is also a beer I’d classify as a “beginner’s IPA” – if you’re not really a hophead but would like to explore hoppier climes, this is a good beer to get started on.
The nose here is citrus-y, with strong overtones of navel orange in with the rest of the herbal/citrus hop scent. The nose is part of why this particular IPA stands out so much – grapefruit is a common scent, as is lemon, as is orange blossom, as is pine, but sweet orange? I didn’t know that was possible from hops.
Flavor-wise, this is gentle (for an IPA). It has a smooth mouthfeel and a nice, almost honeyed taste. Carbonation is about average for an IPA – in my experience, IPAs tend to have slightly lower carbonation level than a lot of other ales. See, for example, my Schlafly Pale Ale review – that ale bubbles profusely, whereas this one merely sparkles a bit. That doesn’t mean this ale is flat – it just doesn’t fizz as strongly as some others.
As IPAs go, this is a user-friendly version. It has no problem with you enjoying food with it (I keep thinking coconut curry, but I think it would take well to any fairly spicy food), and has no problem with you moving on to another beer afterwards. It won’t destroy your taste buds the way some IPAs do. This IPA, it is polite.