Monday, December 28, 2015

Breckenridge Breck IPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20Chad9976 (1527) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2015
Breckenridge is the latest craft brewery to be acquired by the AB-InBev behemoth. Ironically enough, I had purchased this bottle the day before the announcement was made, so it still deserves a review. What’s funny is it kind of tastes like what an ABI IPA might taste like – very bitter, very sweet and very oxidized. 

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 10/2/15 and cost $2.59 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: Extremely hazy shade of dark orange. Fairly translucent to transparent with some visible carbonation bubbles. Pours to an average-sized, white, frothy head which laces and retains pretty well.

Smell: Strong orangepeel and lemon lollipop and pineapple cake notes. Odd for an IPA to have such a sweet-smelling nose.

Taste: Perhaps I’ve become extra sensitive to oxidation over the years. The first whiff and sip of Breck IPA was remarkably lemon; especially that of lollipop or some kind of bunt cake. Additionally, the palette was also strongly bitter, though not much in the way of actual hop flavor. The brewery’s website indicates it’s only 66 IBUs, but it tastes much stronger in the Alpha Acid department. Though I will say this has all the makings of a Colorado-style IPA; beers of the region tend to be much meltier and sweeter than those made on either coasts. The hops are slightly piney along with some lemon and orange pith. The malt bill seems closer to that of an amber ale with a very bready, almost confectionery amount of sweetness. I suppose you could consider it balanced (and it’s marketed as such), but simple balanced does not a good IPA make. It’s not terrible or even bad by any means, but I’m just not a fan of the recipe altogether.

Drinkability: At 6.3% ABV, Breckenridge Breck IPA is totally nominal for an American IPA. The mouthfeel has plenty of body; slightly chewy but still plenty crisp. The hops linger for quite a while and their intense dryness is a bit annoying. Still, there’s no challenge in drinking the beer and I’m sure it would stand up to savory and spicy food quite well. In fact, that’s probably the best way to drink it.

RATING: 6/10

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