Uinta (Crooked Line) – Detour

Tasting: July 19, 2011
Style: IPA (2x)

I’ve walked past beer from Uinta countless times — I don’t know why — probably just been fixated on something else. I’m glad I was distracted enough to see that they were pouring samples of Uinta’s “Crooked” line of beers at Gary’s Wine in Wayne yesterday. Many thanks to the beer guru, Matt for making the introduction. I really enjoyed the sample of this beer as well as Labyrinth. I left with one bomber in each hand.

Bottle gives a nice presentation — champagne cork/wire, bottle tag and simple, yet artistic label – created by a local artist (local as in Salt Lake City, Utah). Also from the label — 9.5% ABV. I’m breaking from my pub pint tradition with this tasting. Following John’s advice, I’m pouring it into a tulip glass. I know wine lends itself to different glassware — so why shouldn’t beer. I guess, I’m just a traditionalist at heart.

The pour is a nice rich copper color with an off-white head that surprisingly sticks around for quite some time. Definitely getting the caramel malt on the nose with some subtle earthy grassy hops. Really a beautifully balanced ale. Really nice grassy hops up front with an elegant transition to sweet caramel/molasses malt finish. This is really a well-balanced double IPA. I’d say 55% malt sweet/45% bitter hop. This is a full-bodied beer with a wonderful mouthfeel — there’s little carbonation and half way through the bomber, I’m getting the lip smacking sticky goodness that I enjoy. One knock is that it is slightly boozy (but not unexpected). I’m a little surprised that the hop flavor lingers on for quite some time — I’m even more surprised that at that the sweetness lingers as well — I love it. I’m going back for another bomber tomorrow. I’d give this 92 points.

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