A heavy IPA brewed with 25% wheat in the grain. It’s presents a warm golden hue with a welcoming cloudiness due to the shock of wheats. Served on a low stem tulip it’s pale white head only lasts a few moments but does provide sustained and welcoming lacing as the beer disappears from the glass.
The nose is a little dank and hops are clear with citrus right up front. Orange and lemon zests are right there and are inviting.
The mouth feel is light and refreshing. Hoppy but not completely bombed out in dry bitterness this beer has a balanced nature due to the grain bill. The citrus in the nose come right up front with a peppery sweetness in the finish. The finish is not long the the dryness tends to make my think “This beer cleans up after itself.”
9.0% ABV and you would never know it. Even as the beer warmed there was no astringency.
It gets the Bearcat Seal of Approval.
Columbia Kettle Works has been around for about 10 months and in the six visits I’ve made one thing is true; they are committed to constant improvement. Each visit is bringing better beers and more tightly wound standards.
If you have not visited I suggest dropping by. Not ever beer is a home run but they are really putting in the work.
If you go I also suggest the Coffee Stout. More like a porter in my mind as it lacks body but a well executed beer none the less.
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