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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Electrical Tower IPA

Electrical Tower IPA is brewed by the Santa Clara Brewing Company of San Jose, CA. SCBC opened in spring of 2013 with two brewers that have almost four decades of professional and homebrewing experience. There's not many craft brewers in Santa Clara Valley, let alone good ones. It's exciting to see one open that has potential.

The beer is named after Santa Clara's Electrical Light Tower built in 1881 with the intent of providing light over the then-small city of San Jose.

I picked this up at Nugget Market. It has an ABV of 7.2%.

The aroma has an assertive blend of tropical, citrus, and light pine hops. The flavor is less distinct in its flavors, but there are plenty of fruity hops through out. The finish has subdued bitter citrus and pine. The bitter citrus lingers on the roof of your mouth. The mouthfeel is slightly sticky but smooth overall. It has a medium body. The lacings leave an interesting thick web.

Overall, I like this beer - a solid IPA with all the right flavors. SCBC is a young brewery with only two beers, so this is a good start for a flagship IPA. This brew demonstrates strong brewing skills and their ability to deliver flavor. I look forward to trying more. I highly suggest you Try It.

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