Name: Uinta Brewing Company
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Type: Production brewery
Available in DC Market: Yes
What you need to know: Here’s what we said last year: “So many neat little facts about Uinta. The brewery is 100% wind-powered and also OU Kosher certified. The brewery opened in 1993 and expanded in 2001 to its current facility. Uinta makes a number of different beers, including beers in three different series, the standard series, the Four+ series, and the Crooked Line series. Uinta distributes to 20 states and the District.” This go around, they’re bringing back Labyrinth, a big hit from their Crooked Line series, as well as their year-round IPA, Hop Notch.
Beer #1: Hop Notch IPA (American IPA / 7.3%)
Notes: Uinta’s starting things off with an unabashed IPA – no frills, no bells or whistles. At 7.3% and 82 IBU, it approaches imperial category without crossing the line. A thin yet sturdy cap of foam rests atop a hazy marmalade (that’s a color, right?). It’s citrus and pine from the first whiff to the final swig, despite the best attempts of the sweet malty base.
Beer Advocate: 89 (139 reviews)
Rate Beer: 96 overall, 94 style (180 reviews)
Beer #2: Labyrinth (Black Ale / 13.%)
Notes: Given the positive response at SAVOR 2011, Uinta was wise to bring back Labyrinth, which we described thusly: “A 13.2% imperial porter with lots of roast, coffee, chocolate, and licorice notes, the Labyrinth is aged in rye barrels to give it another level of flavor. The imperial porter isn’t a style that’s too prevalent; most breweries tend to just go with the imperial stout. The fact that it’s oaked is also a neat addition. This should be very tasty, but will also pack a big punch.”
Beer Advocate: 92 (174 reviews)
Rate Beer: 99 overall, 95 style (251 reviews)
Summary: Labyrinth is clearly the star in this lineup, and rightfully so; it’s a monster. That said, Hop Notch is a beer worth meeting, especially because it’s a member of their “Classic Line” and therefore more likely to show up in your daily travels.
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