Monday, July 4, 2011

Palmetto Brewing Co. Extra Pale IPA Beer Review

Palmetto Brewing Extra Pale IPA Beer Review

Palmetto Brewing Company's new seasonal beer in their Bobcat Series is an Extra Pale IPA.   I purchased a six pack the other day from Total Wine & More.

Here's some info taken from their website: "Palmetto Brewing Company was established in 1994 after several years of research and planning by Louis Bruce and Ed Falkenstein.  Louis, a former wine wholesaler, focused on developing the brand and establishing distribution, while Ed handled brewing and operations.

It was the first brewery to open in Charleston since Prohibition, taking its name from a historic downtown brewery.  The original Palmetto operated in Charleston from before the Civil War until sometime after the turn of the 20th century.

Today we hand craft and package four different beers under the “Palmetto” label at our brewery at 289 Huger Street, Charleston, SC.  Our products are distributed by Pearlstine Distributors, Inc. in the greater Charleston and Hilton Head areas."

Tasting Notes

Appearance:   Beer is an orangish amber color with a good head.   Decent lacing with good head retention.

Smell:  Has a nice citrusy, grassy hop aroma.   I am picking up grapefruit and a bit of lemon.  Maybe a little bit of orange.  Really enjoying the Falconer's Flight hops in this one.  

Taste:   Taste is mildly hoppy, not too bitter.  Can taste citrusy grapefruit hops, balanced by sweet malt.  A hint of caramel is present.   Not too complex, but pretty solid taste.  

Mouthfeel:  Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation for the style.

Overall:  A good offering from Palmetto.  This was definitely my favorite seasonal by Palmetto.  Nicely balanced, highly drinkable IPA.  Could see myself putting a few of these down, no problem.  Although I love hop bombs, once in awhile a nicely balanced, not too hoppy IPA can be quite refreshing on a hot summer day.

Grade: B+
Serving Type: 12 oz Bottle 
Stats: Alcohol by Volume 6.5%



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