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Oakland Brewing Co. Sticky Zipper IPA

I’m always looking to try new beers, so when I saw a bomber while shopping recently I knew I had to give it a try.  Oakland Brewing Company is fairly new to the Bay Area beer scene (Est. 2009) but they have already established a fairly good reputation at my usual beer bar, the Toronado, so I have been looking forward to trying them.

Sticky Zipper pours a really nice golden orange color with no hint of cloudiness.  There’s a fairly minimal head, but it’s also far from nonexistent.  The aroma is mostly citrus, but with a hint of mustiness.  At the first sip you’re hit with how light and clean this beer is.  That’s followed with some grapefruit, hops that aren’t overpowering, and a bit of biscuity malt.  It finishes off with some bitterness and a bit of a metallic aftertaste that isn’t great, but also isn’t too offputting.  This IPA weighs in at 7.4% ABV but doesn’t really convey that booziness while drinking it, partially due to the watery nature of the beer. 

Sticky Zipper isn’t my favorite IPA by any means, but I’d find it to be an excellent brew to enjoy on a hot summer day when you don’t want anything too heavy, but still want a beer with a good hit of flavor to it.  For a brewery that’s only been in operation for 3 years, this is a fairly impressive product.  I’ll be looking forward to trying the next brew of theirs that I come across.  With Oakland Brewing and Heretic Brewing, the East Bay brewing scene certainly has some exciting new players.

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