Review: Trailhead ISA, Two Beers Brewing

Trailhead ISA
Two Beers Brewing Co. — Seattle WA

  • Style:  Hybrid
  • Bitterness:  48 IBU
  • ABV: 4.8%
  • Malts: Not specified
  • Hops: Not specified
  • Sampled:  12 oz. can

Description:   "A Northwest India-style Session Ale aggressively dry-hopped with Columbus and Cascade hops and brewed with light crystal and honey malts. A hoppy crisp beer perfect for the sunny days of summer." — Two Beers Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  I bought this beer when I visited 99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA.  This summer seasonal is the first beer I've tasted from Two Beers Brewing. I've been swimming in winter seasonals lately, so I hope this will be a provide a change of pace.

The tasting:  Light gold in color, very slightly hazy, with lots of effervescence. It has an amazing pillowy white head that dissipated very slowly leaving lots of lacing all over the glass. Aroma is dominated by hops—mainly citrus and pine. Hop bitterness, mostly grapefruit like, immediately takes hold after the first sip. There's also a bit pithy rind flavor in there. The malt flavors aren't very noticeable amongst the hops. Trailhead ISA is light bodied,moderately carbonated, and finishes with a lingering grapefruit hop bitterness.

Rating:  3 star.  Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  If you like grapefruit hop flavors, you'll probably love this beer. I thought it was good, but fairly one dimensional. Two Beers Brewing calls this a session ale, but given the strong hop bitterness, my session would be fairly short.

Have you tried Trailhead ISA or any other brews from Two Beers Brewing? 

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