Mountain Calling IPA

North Carolina
United States
Mountain Calling IPA by Wise Man Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
86
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Dry-hopped with a pound and a half per barrel of Citra, this clean and crisp IPA resonates with strong citrus and floral qualities.

Malt Profile: clean and lightly bready, perhaps with hints of caramel; medium body with crisp finish

Hop Profile: fresh citrus, pine, and resin flavor and aroma; assertive bitterness that cuts sharply through the light malt

Fermentation Profile: attenuated-dry with crisp finish; may contain very light fruit esters

General Characteristics: drinkable; refreshing bitterness and dry finish following each sip

Profile

ABV: 
6.8%
IBUs: 
82
Served at: 
40º
Hops: 
Columbus, Amarillo, Crystal, Citra
Malts: 
Pale, Flaked Wheat, Crystal 15, CaraPils
Judges Review 
Michael Bury's picture
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Wiseman Brewing’s Mountain Calling IPA is being judged as an American IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21A). The commercial definition of this style has been widely interpreted but consistently is a showcase for New World/American hop varieties.

Moderate toast and a hint of dry roasted nuts first greet the drinker followed by a herbaceous, resinous hop character. The beer has an almost English character as demonstrated by the hint of the apple ester and the generous floral character. Typical citrus hop notes are largely absent.

Mountain Calling is a gorgeous beer. Brilliant clarity allows for the solid amber color to shine through beneath the tall stand of ivory foam. 

The hop forward flavor features additional floral and resinous contributions with restrained orange and grapefruit. The malt is quite prominent for an American IPA with supportive toast, light nuts, and caramel. The dry finish with lingering pine allows the drinker to easily go back for the next sip. In addition, the moderate body with above average carbonation and smooth, warming alcohol at the back of the throat firmly place this beer in the American IPA category. 

Mountain Calling IPA is a solid offering from Wiseman Brewing. The malt backbone is thoroughly supportive of the hop presentation which, for a contemporary American IPA, could be a bit more forward.