Saturday, January 14, 2017

Claremont Station 101 Red IPA

Beer Name: Station 101 Red IPA
Brewery: Claremont Craft Ales (Claremont, CA)
ABV: 6.5%
How sold: 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA) ****bought online
Price: $3.99(!) for 16 oz. tallboy can

Date Purchased: September 28, 2016
Date Opened/Drank: October 13, 2016
Best Enjoyed By: November 22, 2016
When brewed? Year-round beer.
IBUs: 80

What's on the Can: "STATION 101 is a truly satisfying IPA. The right combination of crystal malts creates a beautiful red color and subtle malt backbone, while the Summit hops contribute a significant bitterness. The massive Amarillo dry-hop rounds it all out with aromas that are both tropical and earthy."

What's on the Website: "A truly satisfying IPA . . . the deep red appearance comes from the addition of highly kilned crystal malts, while the stiff bitterness comes from a heavy dose of Summit hops. Round it all out with the wonderful earthy and tropical aromas from the large Amarillo and Citra dry-hopping, and you have a delightfully dank and rich IPA." 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 cloudy burnt orange to red/amber into a pint glass. Unfiltered. Off-white to light tan head. 4/5

Smell (25%): Lovely tropical aroma, with slight malt. Earthy notes. 4/5

Taste (40%): Tasty tropical (citrus and stone fruit) with complementing malt. Pleasing citrus bitterness on the aftertaste. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Slightly dry on the tongue, some stickiness, a little rich, not overly bitter. 4/5

Overall (20%): An awesome IPA. Once again on the pricey side at $4 per tallboy, but in terms of flavor, I liked this one more than Jacaranda, namely a bigger tropical flavor and complementing malt. The beers I've tried from Claremont have been solid so far. I've got a few more Claremont brews to go! 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4/5

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