Friday, April 5, 2013

Riley's Brewing Wildcat IPA

This is a 7.1% ABV India Pale Ale from Riley's Brewing Company of Madera, California. Their labels feature semi-realistic, yet cartoonish versions of highly sexed women. The labeling makes me think gimmick, so their beer better be pretty solid to overcome the labeling. As of this post, their website is incomplete, so I don't know what their version of their story is yet.

The beer pours a dark copper and chestnut brown in color. There is a short and slight head of off-white foam. The aroma is caramel malt and orange. The taste follows the aroma, lots of caramel malt and orange, a moderately bitter finish, with hints of grapefruit. There is some strong tea with light lemon, sweetened. Solidly drinkable, but not spectacular in any regard. So, there is some gimmick at work here, but it is not being used to cover up undrinkable beer.

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