Saturday, February 9, 2019

Mike Hess Brewing North Park IPA

Beer Name: North Park
Brewery: Mike Hess Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA)
ABV: 7.0%
How sold: 22 oz. bottles; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $8.99 for 22 oz bottle

Date Purchased: September 19, 2018
Date Received: September 26, 2018
Date Drank: October 5, 2018
When brewed? Seasonal beer. Available November through March.
IBUs: 70

What's on the Bottle/Website: "North Park is the hip, vibrant neighborhood we call home. Its sits on 40 acres of what used to be a lemon grove planted by the Hartley family more than 100 years ago. A straight ahead West Coast-style IPA, our North Park IPA is light in color, and dry in the finish, hop-forward but well balanced, showcasing several hop varietals on a subtle malt backbone. Available November through March." Read more here!

Where distributed: Mike Hess Brewing likely just distributes within California.

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

Smell (25%): Tropical grapefruit-forward with complementing malts. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose; blend of tropical grapefruit and rye malts from start to finish. Controlled citrus bitterness. Top-notch flavor throughout. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Slight dry tongue, with good controlled citrus bitterness lingering. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An excellent to outstanding IPA. It's been a while since I've reviewed a Mike Hess beer, but they still got it in terms of quality. Typical West Coast-style IPA here. 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.413/5

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