Innate ‘Private Idaho’ American Strong Ale


“A Powerful promise of golden malt and tropical pine thunders roll over the horizon like gun fire. Your tastebuds are under attack, and only one man can save you. Can you handle this much power in a can?”

Glassware: American Pint.

Appearance: Pours a deep rusted amber with a big three finger head which reduces rather slowly. Healthy lace is left in its wake.

Aroma: Getting absolutely zilch off it initially. Once the remaining head disappears we give it another good swirl which thankfully reveals somewhat sheepish wafts of sticky sweet caramel malts, toffee apple, dank pine resins and stewed tropical fruits. As it settles we’re picking up some treacle, dark earthy fruits, honeysuckle and floral herbs like sage, thyme and oregano. Interesting. Not sure if we’re sold on it yet but we’re intrigued.

Flavour: Jeez what it lacks in intensity on the nose is more than made up for here. Super sweet and sticky caramel, toffee and treacle are nicely offset by the dank resinous hops and belly-warming booze which all reaches well in to the finish. Along the way it hits a kind of bitter earthy note then picks up a pithy quality which sits on the back palate for days.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, warming, a little sharp and bitter in the swallow. Medium body, mild-moderate Co2. The 8.3% ABV doesn’t shy away.

Overall: A little undecided. It certainly has its positives.. the most notable being that it reminds us of a cheap version of Dogfish Head’s 90 minute IPA. The negative is it’s still a little rough around the edges. All in all not a bad drop from this WA brewery.