Camelback IPA – Phoenix Ale Brewery – #ThirstyThursday

As part of the annual retreat Bar None takes to the Phoenix area every spring to catch some sun and Spring Training, he tries to enjoy a 6-pack of one […]

As part of the annual retreat Bar None takes to the Phoenix area every spring to catch some sun and Spring Training, he tries to enjoy a 6-pack of one local beer. This year it was Camelback IPA from Phoenix Ale Brewery. The following is his review.

There are certain places one never really thinks of when they think of beer. Northwest states like Oregon, Idaho, and Washington have hop farms and hoppy beers. California has a crazy craft beer culture. In the Midwest you have the lagers and pilsners of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Missouri. And so on. However, Arizona never really crossed my mind as a beer place. Maybe a tequilla, but even then I wasn’t so sure.

One of my Phoenix goals is to get up early enough that I can make it to the top of Camelback Mountain in one try. I got up but not early enough and I made it a significant portion of the way this year. So when I was in the local Safeway stocking up on the essentials for the hotel room, I was debating about what local beer to get when my girlfriend pointed to the Camelback IPA. We live near a place called Camel’s Back so she thought it was cool. Since temps were in the 90s and the beer was an IPA, I decided to give it a go.

First let’s get to the facts. 6.1% ABV is a respectable amount. Enough to get you a little tipsy after a couple. Next 60 IBUs. For someone who likes hoppy beers it is perfect. The flavors of the five different hops used gives this beer a strong but not overpowering beer. This isn’t in the range that true hophead would salivate but it is at a definite point that hop lovers would enjoy. The beer is remarkably smooth but I found after two I was pretty well set. It has a beautiful amber color and a fragrant hoppy aroma. Hints of citrus and the nice, crisp bitterness of the hops on the back end make for a flavorful beer. This is definitely worth trying if you are in the Phoenix area.

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