Review: Henry Weinhard's IPA, Blitz-Weinhard


Henry Weinhard's India Pale Ale
Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co. — Hood River, OR

Stats:
  • Style:  IPA
  • Bitterness:  43 IBU
  • ABV:  6.0%
  • Malts:   Two-row and Caramel
  • Hops:  Galena, Cascade, and Citra
  • Calories:  189 per 12 oz.
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle (provided by brewery)
  • Price:  $4.99 (six-pack) sale price at supermarket

Description:  "The first India Pale Ale may have gotten its start in Great Britain but Henry Weinhard’s India Pale Ale is pure Pacific Northwest. It’s full-hop flavor comes from the perfect blend of homegrown, Pacific Northwest hops and two-row barely. The brilliant, earthy copper color, hint of caramel sweetness and inviting aroma of pine, citrus and flowers make Henry’s India Pale Ale a refreshingly true taste of the Pacific Northwest." — Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co. 

Random thoughts:   Last week, Blitz-Weinhard announced the release of this IPA as its newest year-round brew.  Blitz-Weinhard has a long history in Portland.  Their original brewery was converted to a restaurant named in honor of brewery founder, Henry Weinhard.  See my post on my visit to Henry's Tavern. Miller Brewing bought the brewery in 1999, and contracted with Full Sail Brewing in Hood River to brew this IPA (among others in the Weinhard lineup).  Jeff Alworth opined about this IPA, check it out.

The tasting:  Golden orange / amber in color (clear) with a white head that dissipated quickly.  Aroma of bready malt and faint citrus hops.  The aroma is malt forward, and not what I'd expect of an IPA.  Flavor of bready malt, caramel malt, and spicy hops.  The malts are strong in flavor and the hops provide a nice bitterness—but still not at the level I'd expect of an IPA.  Light to medium in body, lightly carbonated, it has a smooth mouth feel.  Very drinkable. 

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gave it to me.   Henry Weinhard's IPA tasted more like a Pale Ale than an IPA.  It didn't have the hoppy aroma and bitter bite that I expect of an IPA.  The bready malt was too strong in aroma and flavor, for my personal tastes.  While 43 IBUs is acceptable for an IPA, it falls towards the lower end of bitterness for a typical Northwest IPA.  I saw a six-pack on sale for $4.99—so if you like IPAs or Pale Ales, give it a try.  Have you tasted Weinhard's IPA?  What did you think? 


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PS:  On a technical note, do you like the white background in the shot below?  I've been having trouble capturing accurate color due to the lighting of my indoor beer shots.  Appreciate your feedback.  Thanks!





3 comments:

Bill Night said...

It's tough trying to take beer pictures under artificial light, isn't it? The white background is fine.

I'm still not completely happy with my photography, but for indoor beer shots I tend to set a very high ISO on the camera, and then adjust the light and/or color with Picasa until I'm happy. Not perfect, but I can usually get close to what I want. I also like the "straighten" option in Picasa (I'm sure other programs have similar stuff).

Sanjay said...

It sure is. Another reason to look forward to the longer days of spring and summer. Ever since the shorter days of winter forced to me to take indoor pictures, I have never been happy with the color of my beer shots. I've been using Photoshop Online to tweak my pics. Maybe I'll give Picasa a try.

Jay Alvarez said...

The background compliment the beer glass just fine+ relaxing yet focused. For the ipa, not as strong as other ipa's in the biterness/bite category and I actaully like it alot. Creamy, smooth, and delicious . I can drink 6 and still not bored of the flavor.

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