Uinta Brewing Company - West Coast-Style IPA
- ABV: 6.3%
- Bottle Size: 12-oz
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 62
- Serving Temperature: 45-50º F
- Suggested Glassware: IPA Glass, Snifter, Pint Glass
- Malts: Oats, Caramel 15, Munich
- Hops: Denali, El Dorado, Mosaic
Pouring a bright, hazy golden color with a fluffy cap of foam, this aptly named west coast-style IPA offers up a boldly fruity aroma. Look for big notes of orange and grapefruit citrus plus luscious mango-like tropical fruit and sweet melon, along with an inviting floral impression. On the palate, the malt backbone comes through true to style with mild caramelization and toast, providing plenty of support while allowing the hops to shine. The hop bitterness comes across moderately firm, easily keeping this brew dry from start to finish, while the bright hops do their thing, delivering plenty of citrus zest and tropical fruit and blossom notes. For pairing options, we're inclined to play off of the tropical notes here, such as fish tacos with mango salsa, coconut curry chicken, or pineapple pork stir-fry. Cheers!
When founder Will Hamill established Uinta (“you-in-tah”) in 1993, he succeeded in merging his love of brewing and his passion for the outdoors. Originally from Maine, Will enjoyed a lifestyle very much like many other Utahans when he arrived in the state, including kayaking, skiing, and biking. But, something was missing – the great craft beer that he had enjoyed in his native state. To satisfy his own cravings, Will took to home brewing and quickly became consumed. After years of perfecting recipes, he was producing beers that not only satisfied him, but also impressed his friends. At that point he enrolled at UC Davis to study brewing and develop his knowledge of the industry.
When Will began Uinta, it was at a very modest facility – a small, converted auto mechanic’s garage. From these humble beginnings, Uinta began brewing and distributing beer to local pubs and restaurants, and three years later demand had escalated enough to install a bottling line. By 2001, the brewery had outgrown its original location, so a 26,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility was built with energy efficiency as a prime goal. Not only was the new brewery outfitted with the best in brewing technology, it was built to be completely wind-powered. Yep, the brewery is 100% powered by Mother Nature herself, becoming the first business in Utah to achieve that milestone. But, their commitment to the environment doesn’t end there; they established a recycling location for brown glass, installed solar panels, donate their used grain to local ranchers to use as feed, purchase recycled paper, and use natural lighting in the brewery as well as energy-efficient electric lighting. Great job guys, we’ll raise a glass to that! To learn more about Uinta Brewing Company and scheduled tours, call 801-467-0909 or visit www.uintabrewing.com.
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