I have blogged before about beers in these 5280 6 packs (see such classics as Drinking Ellie's Brown Ale, 471 Double IPA, Flashback India Brown Ale, and of course The Beer Clinic). 5280 Magazine, in collaboration with the Denver Zoo (of all places) puts out these 6 packs every season. The editors of the magazine pick the 6 Colorado beers that they think best represent the season and package them together.
When I remember and see them, I try to get them. When I think about it while drinking the beers, I blog about them. It appears that I missed the winter and spring six packs. Oh well.
It is just how I roll.
In case you are wondering, here are all the beers in the six pack:
|I stole this picture from 5280's website|
The first beer that I had from the 2012 edition of the 5280 six pack was the Odell IPA. It is one of only two of these beers that I have had. As I had IPAs on my mind, I figured this was a good beer to start with.
The Odell Website says:
"We took the traditional IPA, originally shipped from England to India in the 1700′s, and made it bolder and more flavorful – American Style. We’ve added new varieties of highly aromatic American hops to create a distinctive bitterness profile and an incredible hop character."It is 7% ABV and has 60 IBU.
In my opinion, this is a great American IPA. It is very grapefruity both in the nose and in the flavor. It is pretty much exactly what I think of when I think of the IPA style. Whenever I see this on tap and want something I know I'll like, it is likely to be what I order.
So there you are ... Odell IPA. Buy it. Drink it. Love it.
Stay tuned ... if you are lucky, I'll tell you more about the Summer Seasonal 5280 Six Pack.
And ... I absolutely have to tell you what I am doing for #IPADay.