Monday, November 18, 2013

Big Wood Bark Bite India Pale Ale

Big Wood Bark Bite India Pale Ale. 6.6% Alc/Vol. 66 IBUs. 16 ounce "pounder" can.

Once again, a label-less sample can from the distributor. This one is stamped 6/01/13. So, 5 and 1/2 months old, not nearly a year, like the Morning Wood Coffee Stout I just had. Also unlike that beer, it has a name that does not allude to erections, although I just don't get it. Two words that are both verbs and nouns, when taken together lead to confusion. Is the bark biting, or has the bark been bitten? Do I think too much about this? Was anyone thinking when they wrote the promo copy? I'll let you read it yourself and tell me if it's just nonsense, or what.

Let's drink it.

Hazy, golden appearance, vast, white, lacy head. Looks good.

Aroma: pineapple, lemon, and grapefruit. The copy won't tell us what hops used, only "citrus" is what they say…Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo? I'm no expert on that, I can only guess. Prickly pine, just a little, but all in all, bursting with citrus in this nose.

Taste: All that citrus flavor from the nose is shining on the palate now. Fairly sparkles on the tongue. Little bit of sweet starts before the bitter. Medium bodied, malt is here to hold the floor, and set the stage for hops to blaze. Mellows some and eases out. Bitterness lasts long on the palate, happiness trails right along with it.
A sessionable IPA, for sure. And a good one, but several  shades short of superior.

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