Friday, September 25, 2020

Block 15 Brewing IPA

Beer Name: Block 15 IPA
Brewery: Block 15 Brewing Co. (Corvallis, OR)
ABV: 6.5%

How sold: 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Unknown
Price: Unknown, gift from a friend

Date Canned: June 15, 2020
Date Received: August 10, 2020
Date Drank: August 14, 2020
When brewed? Seasonal beer for the fall months.

What's on the Can/Website: "In this can is our vision of the perfect IPA, developed over a decade of experimenting with brewing techniques and hop varietals. Vibrantly hoppy and always evolving, Block 15 IPA is brewed often and canned fresh to maximize flavor and aroma."

Where distributed: Block 15 Brewing self-distributes to select markets in Oregon and Washington.Click to see where Block 15 distributes its beer!

Appearance (5%): Poured clear dark golden into a pint glass. Frothy white head with virtually no lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Balance of malts, hops, and grapefruit/citrus notes. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose. Hops and malt immediately hit, with the grapefruit punch swooping in right after. Citrus permeates everywhere and sticks on the tongue, providing maximum flavor on the aftertaste. Fits the West Coast IPA definition. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-full bodied; good carbonation. Slight dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. As expected, Block 15 comes through with a pleasing, balanced, and flavorful IPA. ABV is right in the sweet spot. Even at 6.5% ABV, this could be a go-to beer for many IPA fans. Maybe it's the warm temperatures here or how the beer is prepped for canning, but a thin white head just stuck with the beer for a long time after I poured it. It doesn't affect the rating at all, but just a unique observation I usually don't have with any beers I review. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.563/5

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