Review: Brock Street 3:10 to Yakima West Coast IPA

I don't recall ever trying anything by Whitby, Ontario's Brock Street Brewing but the folks over at Quality Inn Craft Beer Store in Winnipeg and I picked up a few of their beers while I was there recently.

I'm checking out their 3:10 to Yakima West Coast IPA. If you're not familiar with Yakima, Yakima (WA) is considered to be the hop capital of the world. In fact, I have a friend who opened up a brewery in Yakima about a year and half back, perfect place to showcase local hops!

The 3:10 is described as: "Hop on the 3:10 to Yakima and enjoy our take on this unique beer style! Keep refrigerated and enjoy fresh."

I'm expecting this to be more of the classic bitter yet mildly tropical style IPA that I fell in love with several years ago but many beers stating they're West Coast-style end up being too much like your typical NEIPA where it's just overly sweet.. but we will see!

Appearance: 3:10 pours a cloudy golden straw with a moderate amount of haziness to it - so far it looks like your typical West Coast IPA so far. As for the head on top, it starts off with a thick, frothy off-white but gradually diminishes to a skimming of film with a good sprinkling on lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma: Mixture of bitter and sweet. The beer starts out with a piney hop presence to give off the bitterness, followed by a light pineapple sweetness, a moderate amount of lemongrass, and a hint of Dove soap at the end.

Taste: A bit more bitter than the aroma presence, the hops are a bit more aggressive, giving off a heavier amount of bitterness of pine. Following the hefty hop bitterness, there's a bit of lemon, a bit of a sweetness of pineapple and a hint of an herbal tea to it. The aftertaste is very bitter and lingers on the tongue aggressively for a minute but then you forget all about it.

Overall: Not for someone who is the typical "I hate IPAs" kind of person but if you love hefty, bitter hops like I do, you'll enjoy this. Piney, bit lemony, grassy and light amount of sweetness. 5.5% ABV

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