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Monday, September 19, 2011

Hops of Wrath from the New Dust Bowl Brewery

Hops of Wrath is an American IPA from the new Dust Bowl Brewing Company of Turlock, CA. The Brewmaster at Dust Bowl, Don Oliver, is a former Marine mechanic, named by the owner of Samuel Adams as one of nine innovators to watch in the brewery world, and is a graduate of the UC Davis Brewmaster Program. Don also earned the highest score on the worldwide Diploma in Brewing Exams.

There is a lot of promise at Dustbowl.

I bought this at the Nugget Market in Davis. It has an ABV of 6.6%

The beer pours a dark orange with a good head and decent lacings. The aroma is subtle, but has assertive notes of citrus and floral hops. The taste takes a few sips to really get into. The malts a very flavorful with a nice sweet, bready malt taste and hints of caramel malts too. The malts are followed by a nice blend of floral and citrus hops with hints of pine. There's a slight bitter hop bite at the end. It's medium bodied, with a nice mouthfeel and high carbonation.

I am really impressed by the flavors in this beer. My only critique is the high carbonation, which got in the way. This is a good flagship IPA for an emerging brewery that displays its ability to get great flavors into a standard style. The IBUs are lower than the average IPA, so there's not too much of a bite, but the floral and citrus hops and the tasty bready malts make this very drinkable. I suggest you Try It.

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