The City – Calicraft Brewing Company
Purchased at Curtis Park Market (22 oz. bottle) and poured into tulip glasses.
This “Dynamic” India Pale Ale from Walnut Creek-based Calicraft Brewing was “brewed with blackberry root and orange peel,” and it pours a murky tangerine color with a sizable off-white head. Dried fruit and a honeyed sweetness are the first to appear on the nose, with apricot and cantaloupe especially prominent. There is an unusual, seltzer-y flavor on the first swallow, along with a very definite berry and bitter root presence, and it ends with some nice citrus and pine bitterness. As more is consumed, the bitterness on the first flavor movement becomes less and less pleasurable, too closely resembling cocktail bitters, although the pine and citrus finish still satisfies.