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Entries in Social Kitchen & Brewery (2)


Social Kitchen & Brewery Big Barleywine

Pours with a minimal head as a barleywine should. No real aroma to speak of but that may be due to the low tempature of the pour. The first taste is surprisingly complex with a sweet oak primary flavor that sticks around for as long as you drink the beer. Honestly I've never been a fan of the early Social brews so I've ignored them recently despite living a few blocks away, but if this barleywine is any sign that was a mistake. A great beer in a style you love is always something to take notice of. Well done Social, I'll be back for more.




Social Kitchen & Brewery West Side IPA 

Stopped into Social Kitchen & Brewery for a happy hour pint recently, and to give their beers another try since they're conveniently located a few blocks from my home.  They tend to brew unique styles with a different kind of approach than you normally see on the West Coast, but this time I thought I'd give their IPA a try to see how they do with a standard.  

It pours a cloudy orange without any real head and is shockingly not aromatic at all for an IPA, especially one brewed on the West Coast.  Starting with the first sip, and continuing through the drink, you get a dull tongue coating bitterness and none of the sharp hoppy floral notes that you expect in a proper IPA.  It weighs in at a respectable 6.9% abv which is perfect for this style as far as I'm concerned, but outside of that I don't see much to like here.  I've had some really interesting beers that have been brewed at Social Kitchen & Brewery, but if you're looking for a good hoppy beer I'd stay away from their West Coast IPA.