Saturday, January 21, 2017

Claremont Single IPA (Dude Series)

Beer Name: Single IPA (Dude Series)
Brewery: Claremont Craft Ales (Claremont, CA)
ABV: 6.5%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA) ****bought online
Price: $6.99 for 22 oz. bottle

Date Bottled: September 5, 2016
Date Purchased: September 28, 2016
Date Opened/Drank: October 14, 2016
When brewed? Year-round beer. Part of their "Dude Series."
IBUs: 80

What's on the Bottle: "Known to our taproom regulars as 'Single Dude', this IPA is the most sessionable entry in the 'Dude Series' of IPAs. Hopped primarily with Citra hops, this beer has wonderful tropical fruit and citrus notes in both the flavor and aroma, while the body is crisp and dry."

What's on the Website: "The newest addition to our 'Dude Series' of IPAs, this beer provides a more sessionable alternative to our Double IPA or Triple IPA, while maintaining the same focus on malt simplicity and huge hop aromas. The hopping profile highlights the Citra hop, resulting in tropical fruit and citrus aromas." Read more here!

Where distributed: As of October 2016, Claremont beers are only found in Southern California. Click here to see if Claremont beers are found near you!

Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. White head. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Tropical, citrus, apricot, some stone fruit. Awesome. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Refreshing tropical fruit and citrus. Yet, this was a more abrupt finish on the aftertaste than I would have liked. At least some citrus bitterness lingers. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Not overly bitter, good citrus. 4/5

Overall (20%): A very good IPA. A decent price at about $7 per bomber. It's accurate on advertising, as I found this more of a session IPA with excellent tropical. If this one had more strength and a bit more flavor, I'd probably be giving it higher marks. I'm actually now looking forward to trying the two Double IPAs I saved for last in this Claremont beer run. 3.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 3.988/5

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