Review: Elk Valley Experimental Imperial IPA Batch 2

Oh, a single hop double IPA made from a brand new experimental hop? Great! According to the brewery it is a new hop from the Pacific Northwest called 07270. This is a single hop brew, no other hops were used. There are 4 pounds per barrel! I’ve heard a few whispers that this isn’t your normal IPA, let’s open this thing and find out.

Company: OKCITY Brewing Company

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

ABV: 8.6% ABV

IBU: 90

Style/Description: Imperial IPA

Price: $10 (4-pack cans)

Appearance: Clear copper pour, medium head, nice sticky lace. Pleasant rising bubbles.

Nose: Plenty of aroma coming here! Some dank resins and tropicals, mangos and peaches. Some strange and interesting savories upon opening, garlic and wild onion, that dissipate quickly as it warms.

Taste: Those savories I mentioned in the nose dominate the taste. Very interesting flavors, onion, garlic and salt. Grassy herbaceous notes come in, chives, coriander and basil. As it warms and some of the most delicate hop flavors break up, the light caramel malts are evident. The strange and “experimental” flavors dominate.

Finish: This one finishes up with more of the odd flavors that make this beer unique. A bit of the dankness persists, but the garlic salt and chives hangs around for minutes after swallowing.

Overall: If you couldn’t tell, I didn’t really know what to think of this beer. I’ve certainly never had one like it. It seemed that with each alternating drink I was enjoying its particular flavors and repulsed by those same flavors at the next. It is rare to experience things like onion and chive in a beer, especially an IPA. Definitely pick one up for its strangeness, you need to try it, but I won’t be stocking my beer fridge with it.

Rating: 2.5/5

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