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Determination is determined to make Cincinnati drink excellent beer

Review of: Determination
Brewed By::
Blank Slate Brewing Company & Triple Digit Brewing Company (Collaboration)
Price:
$8.49

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On December 23, 2012
Last modified:December 27, 2012

Summary:

It is different than other Belgian IPAs as it doesn't merely take a bitter IPA and splash it with some Belgian funk but rather it was formed from the ground up to be a mellow, big beer. Delicious!

GRADE: 92

You probably already knew Blank Slate and Triple Digit make some of Cincinnati’s best beers on their own. When they combine their efforts, they come together like a barley and hops Voltron. They have succeeded is producing some of the best beer in the area and making it wholly unnecessary to go beyond Greater Cincinnati for excellence.

Determination glass and bottle

It pours an excellent copper color with just a trace of carbonation. I slight off-white head dissipates pretty quickly leaving nothing but nectar. It has the familiar smell of sweet, tart Belgian malts. You get a slight scent of booze as well but it’s not overpowering. However, it does assure you that it follows the edict of Triple Digit.

The first taste brings that same sweet Belgian malt flavor that was pleasant in the aroma. It’s fairly complex with a slight tartness and some raisin flavors. The alcohol present in the smell is completely masked in the flavor. At 9% ABV, you only get a gentle warming after working your way through the bottle. This is well balanced and well thought out.

Determination - Drink. Local. Beer.

All and all this is an excellent, well-crafted beer that holds up against what anyone else in the country is making. It is different than other Belgian IPAs as it doesn’t merely take a bitter IPA and splash it with some Belgian funk but rather it was formed from the ground up to be a mellow, big beer. This is why you should: Drink. Local. Beer.

I can’t wait for Blank Slate and Triple Digit to bottle again, whether on their own or together! It retails at a very reasonable $8.49 per bomber. The Party Source currently has it in stock.

Mike Stuart

Craft beer enthusiast and hombrew dabbler. Part-time writer, sometimes funny.

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