For today’s local pick we are going for an IPA out of Spokane Washington. Orlison Shin Splint IPA caught my eye with the cartoon artwork emblazoned on the can. I am a sucker for good marketing. As a runner, I too suffer from the occasional bout of shin splints, so this beer was tugging at my heart strings before I even popped the tab.
-Appearance: Crisp, clear, and clean looking. Definitely a filtered IPA. No hazy trendiness here. Has a nice head on its shoulders after pouring it into a glass.
-Nose: Get a decent amount of sweet malt on the nose. Slight floral hoppy notes.
-Palate: Bitterness upfront hangs on all the way through the back palate. Given the nose, you don’t get the malt on the palate that I expected. It really should have retained some of the malt backbone on the palate as it would have made for a more balanced brew. The hops just hold on for far too long.
-Rating 2.5/5: Pretty pedestrian for an IPA. As mentioned, the malt that you get on the nose should have been more present on the palate. Would have made it a much more balanced beverage. Unfortunately this was a case of marketing getting the better of me. I should have remembered that old adage “never judge a beer by its can”…..
This post is part of a series of posts in the 30 Beers in 30 Days project. Enjoy!