Review: 10 Barrel Brewing Club Tread and Rock Hop

Review: 10 Barrel Brewing Club Tread and Rock Hop

Two new brews from 10 Barrel Brewing, including our first look at the “It” beer of 2022, a Cold IPA.

10 Barrel Brewing Club Tread Mandarin IPA – IPA and orange are natural bedfellows, and here they work together fitfully, imbuing the fairly low-abv beer with a bright orange quality. It’s not particularly identifiable as mandarin, with a light, Hi-C like quality developing toward the finish. The big problem here is the alcohol. A bit on the thin side, the body of the beer doesn’t have enough muscle for the citrus to grab on to. I get that this may be targeted for beachside sipping, but even under the sun I like my IPA to show off a bit more heft. 5% abv. B-

10 Barrel Brewing Rock Hop Cold IPA – The new kid on the beer block is Cold IPA, a style of beer made by using lager yeasts (normally brewed cold) but at higher temperatures, then dry hopped at the end like an IPA. It’s not the same as an IPL — which generally moderate their hoppiness — but they’re definitely kissing cousins. Rock Hop is a solid example of why this trendy style could last — longer, perhaps, than the Brut IPA trend of 2019 — with 10 Barrel showcasing gorgeous citrus fruit, a healthy but undaunting slug of hops, and a clean, crisp finish. The beer offers a clearer maltiness as it warms up a bit, providing a mix of sunny hops and roasted caramel on the back end. Solid, “crushable,” and all that. 7.1% abv. 

each $13 per six-pack /

10 Barrel Brewing Rock Hop Cold IPA




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