Saturday, August 12, 2017

Aslan Brewing Batch 15 IPA

Beer Name: Batch 15 IPA
Brewery: Aslan Brewing (Bellingham, WA)
ABV: 6.7% (on can); 7.0% (on website)
How sold: 12 oz cans; on draft
Where bought: Total Wine & More (Vancouver, WA)
Price: $2.79 for 12 oz. can

Date Canned: February 20, 2017
Date Bought: April 29, 2017
Date Opened: May 4, 2017
When brewed/released? Year-round beer.
IBU: 65

Awards: 1st Place, People's Choice Award at the YES, We Can! Festival.

What's on the Website: "This hazy, juicy IPA is hopped heavily with Citra and Simcoe, then paired with choice American wheat and two-row barley. Intentionally unfiltered to spotlight the rawness of organic hops, this IPA is less bitter but more flavorful and balanced than most West Coast versions." Read more here!

Where distributed: As of May 2017, Aslan Brewing only distributes their beer in Washington state and Vancouver, British Columbia. See if Aslan Brewing ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy golden-orange into a pint glass. Frothy white head. Trace lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Tropical passion fruit, lemon, and grapefruit. Why does iced tea come to mind? 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose in a refreshing, easy-drinking manner. Very clean. Again, would like a bit more flavor on this one, but certainly appropriate for summer. Drinks easier and less bitter than its stated 65 IBU. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, decent carbonation. Fairly juicy, maybe a hint of dryness on the tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An awesome IPA. My first experience from Aslan Brewing is a positive one overall. It follows some of the New England-style qualities (i.e. hazy, juicy) and is not as bitter as a West Coast style would bring. I drank it a little over two months after canning; not sure if that made a difference. I drank it all, so they're definitely doing something right. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.1/5

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