Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sunday Night Suds - Uinta Hop Notch IPA

After a week off for traveling and moving the family up to camp, Sunday Night Suds returns with a review of Uinta's Hop Notch IPA.

One of the nice perks of having a satellite office in another county, is the opportunity after work to stop in the local beer stores and load up on brews which are not offered near me. Although the beer stores in Westchester County, NY, are slightly more expensive (OK, maybe a little more than slightly) than the beer stores in Long Island, they carry their own special mix of brews which are not available close to home. Over the last few years I have occassionally touted Peekskill's Beverage World on this blog as it has a great selection and very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Another beer store which I have visited occassionally and which has a great selection (but with very high prices and staff which may be chained to the sales counter) is Portchester Beer on North Main Street in Portchester, NY.

One "store" which I have been rapidly warming up to is the DeCicco chain of supermarkets. DeCicco is a chain of supermarkets in the Westchester and Putnam County area which is slightly more upscale than your generic A&P or Stop & Shop. Each store carries a diverse selection of beer and I always come away impressed by their selection, but I don't generally purchase all that much because as a supermarket they do not allow you to break up six packs.

This past Friday, I stopped in the DeCicco in Brewster and found that they had remedied my problem of how to mix sixers in the supermarket. The seemingly endless coolers still have signs on them which warn the shopper not to break up six packs. But they have also added a six door cooler in the back of the stores which has a fantastic selection of craft brewed singles. I instantly found five which I had never sampled before and placed them in my shopping cart. While the price for these beers was roughly 1/4 the price of a six pack, I did not mind paying the premium as it saved me from having to buy five six packs of beer.

After this overly long introduction, perhaps it would be time to talk about the beer which I featured in the picture above. The Uinta Hop Notch IPA is a classic India Pale Ale with a floral scent that hits you in the nose before the glass makes it to your lips. I shared the Hop Notch with Mrs KB and a friend who is a big fan of IPAs this past shabbos afternoon. We all agreed that the hops were prominent and the pine was present and accounted for. However, as "hoppy" as this brew was, it was not overly bitter and was quite drinkable. I would definitely consider buying more of this "Top Notch" IPA in the future.

Uinta Hop Notch IPA is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union and bears an OU on the label. For the experts' take on the Uinta Hop Notch IPA please click here

As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.If you've tried this beer or any others which have been reviewed on the kosher beers site, please feel free to post your comments (anonymous comments are acceptable).

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