We cracked Colorado brewer Trinity's 45th Parallel "Oregon-Style" IPA with a little nervousness. What is an Oregon-style IPA, we wondered? BridgePort? Turns out Trinity brewer Jason Yester went crazy for IPAs from Breakside, Barley Brown's and Boneyard somewhere back in 2014, believing our citrusy, low-malt IPAs to have a profile similar to the saisons he makes at his Colorado Springs brewery.
After a collaboration beer with Tyler Brown of Barley Brown's—located on the 45th parallel—he came back home to evangelize with his own "Oregon-style" IPA modeled on the 3 B's. It just became available in bottles in Oregon. And it's a great IPA—light-bodied, refreshing, hoppy on the nose, and guava-mango-juicy on the tongue, a tropical cocktail of Amarillo, Citra, El Dorado, Amarillo and Simcoe hops.
That hop load didn't come cheap, though. It costs a whopping $5.25 for a 12-ounce bottle. But if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Oregon should feel sincerely flattered by this beer. Recommended.
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