Uinta – Hop Notch

Tasting: January 9, 2012
Style: IPA

Uinta Hop Notch Cap

I was introduced to this brewery by way of their “crooked” line of beers. Each beer from this line comes in a bomber-sized bottle and has a name that follows the “crooked” theme (There’s Detour DIPA, Tilted Smile, Cockeyed Cooper and Labyrinth). The brewery’s history dates back to 1993 when a converted mechanic’s garage in Salt Lake City began supplying beer to local restaurants, bars and liquor stores. Demand leapt and Uinta opened a brewery at their current location in 2001. On the whole, I have loved what I’ve tasted from this brewery but — its also easy to like the peripherals about this brewery as well. They are 100% wind and solar powered and they produce a line of organic beer. I also like that they’ve connected themselves to their state by naming some of their beer after Utah’s landmarks and history — there’s: Cutthroat (the state fish); Dubhe (a star pictured on the state flag); Golden Spike (Utah was the link for the transcontinental rail union) and a porter named King’s Peak (the highest peak of the Uinta Mountain Range).

I have to admit that by the time I’m writing this review, I’ve already had one of these beers on each of the last three nights. Without even writing my opinion – I’m going to put it at an easy 91 points. I’m also going to suggest that you that if you like hoppy IPA’s — you should make it a point to go to Gary’s Wine in Wayne and get a six-pack of this beer. The ABV is 7.3% and I’m reading that it’s an 82 IBU. It’s bright citrusy grapefruit and lemon zest hop profile with a subtle sweetness like honey. Medium-bodied and delicious.

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