Beer of the Weekend #849: Uinta West Coast-style IPA

Though it does not feel like it since temperatures have been in the nineties the last couple days, summer has given way to autumn. Not only does it mean my favorite time of the year is back (!), it means my self-imposed IPA moratorium has ended.

The beer of the weekend is another offering from the Uinta Brewing Company of Salt Lake City, Utah: West Coast-style IPA.

The color is cloudy, golden amber. A finger and a half of beige, buttery, bubbly head leaves a skim and ring around the edge. Bubbles rise and sedimentation slowly settles to the bottom of the glass. (“BEST BY 10/26/17” is printed on the bottom of the can, so this beer is pretty old.) The aroma is juicy and tropical with scents of mango, pineapple, and a hint of grapefruit. It has a caramel foundation and cherry licorice is also noticeable. It’s arboreal as well, with a nice dose of pine. The flavor reminds me of living on the West Coast. Mango and pineapple are the most prominent flavors, and there is a hint of alcohol on the tail. There are also flavors of honey, light caramel, herbal spice, and pine. The bitterness lingers on the taste buds.

Fun facts about West Coast-style IPA:

• Style. IPA.

• Price: $9.99 for a six-pack of 12-ounce cans at the “Drug Town” on First and Rochester in Iowa City.

• Alcohol content: 6.3 percent ABV.

• IBU: 69.

• Color: 8 SRM.

The Quiet Man’s grade: B.

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