Scuttlebutt KEXP Transistor IPA

Posted: December 30, 2016 in American IPA, Reviews, Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

I haven’t had great luck with beers from this brewery, but I hoped for the best on this one…


ABV: 5.6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the radio station website, “KEXP and Scuttlebutt Brewing Company have partnered to create Transistor IPA, a refreshing, session friendly Northwest IPA that will help fund KEXP’s New Home. Transistor IPA is available at retail establishments throughout greater Seattle, and 100% of the net proceeds with benefit KEXP’s New Home capital campaign. The beer is on shelves of local grocery stores in 12oz bottle six packs and can be found on tap at popular restaurants, clubs, bottle shops, and in the Scuttlebutt Brewing tasting room.”

Random: My Sirius membership is going to expire. I think I may extend it another year because I really like having it.

This beer poured with a quarter finger of pure white head that dissipated quickly. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly cloudy with floaties and very light carbonation visible. The nose had an old orange syrup note, almost like a syrupy fruit cup. There was some simple syrup as well. I didn’t pick up any malt on the nose. The taste had some more bitterness with orange zest and orange segments. It drank more like a pale ale than a true IPA. It had some dried pine needles and kilned malt, but the malt didn’t provide any sweetness, just thickness to the body. Grapefruit pith came through after a few sips. It had a thick and chewy body with light carbonation. This was a big downfall of the beer, because some more carbonation would have made it more drinkable. The finish was lengthy with citrus zest. This beer didn’t have any balance and it wasn’t drinkable. For $2.50 a bottle ($.21 per ounce), I expected a lot more from the beer. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0


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