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Friday, August 06, 2010

Day 218 Drink: W'10 Pitch Black IPA

Widmer Brothers Brewing was founded in 1984. Kurt Widmer spent two years in Germany in the late 1970s and soaked up a number of brewing styles. He convinced his brother, Rob, to join him in the quest to create a brewery in Portland, Ore.

W'10 Pitch Black IPA is part of the "W" Brewmasters' Release Series from Widmer that takes on new seasonal beers, allowing the brewmasters to try out both classic and experimental styles.

W'10 Pitch Black IPA pours a brown black color with a thick mocha colored head. The aroma is initially floral, but the pine character takes over. The beer is 6.5 percent alcohol by volume and carries 62 IBU to your palate. The beer has plenty of fresh hop flavor from alchemy and cascades hops. The roasted malt smooths things out a bit and there is actually a sweet touch to the late finish of this beer once the hops have worked their magic.

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