What’s on Tap This Weekend: Hop Notch IPA – The Real Reason Mormons Settled in Utah
By The Professor JW Faulkner – @EngProfJW
Living in the Bible Belt, I know how satisfying it can be to not only drink on the Sabbath but also laugh at those who think alcohol is a sin and prohibition should be reinstated. But I can only imagine the pleasure residents in Utah must get when they drink any one of Uinta’s brews. On tap this weekend is one of the best year-round IPAs that would certainly make Brigham Young rethink his life’s mission. This weekend, Hop Notch IPA is on tap.
For hoppy IPA lovers, the fall and winter months can be very disappointing because normally they are brewed during this time and released in the early spring months. But Uinta’s Hop Notch is unique as it’s a hoppy beer available year round. Not only is it available throughout the year, but it is a very reasonably priced brew (about $7.50 a six-pack), even for those on a college budget.
I love this beer; it is one of my go-tos because it’s balanced, crisp and very drinkable. Hop Notch has a citrus-sweet taste at first, followed by hops. Because of balance in the taste and the beer’s smoothness, you can drink a lot without noticing until you either stand up or go to pay your tab. And at 7.3 ABV, the spins / needing to sleep with one foot on the ground (a trick my mom taught me to make the room stop spinning) is never too far away. Hop Notch goes well with any food; hamburgers, chicken or even if you are just drinking your dinner, this hoppy IPA is a safe bet. Hop Notch is so good, you actually might consider throwing on the Mormon uniform (I think it’s black pants and a white short-sleeve dress shirt) and go door to door preaching the good word of Brigham Young.
Alcohol by Volume: 7.3%
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 82
Color (SRM): Cooper / Amber
Hops: Centennial, Cascade, Columbus
Yeast: California Ale