If you haven’t already heard of Great Basin Brewing Company, you really need a trip to Nevada. No, we don’t mean Las Vegas, though that could be a fun option as well. These folks are located in Reno, Nevada, also a fun place to visit if you get a chance. There are a variety of sights to check out and various events that occur throughout the year like the Zombie Crawl, Hot August Nights, and plenty of professional rodeo events throughout the state.
You’ve likely never heard of Ichthyosaurus IPA unless you happen to live in the Western United States. However, that does not change the fact that this brew is gaining popularity hard and fast on that side of the country. This is largely due to the fact that craft beer is gaining a strong foothold in the West and more new craft breweries are popping up every year. However, in spite of the fact that many folks don’t have exposure to all of these new breweries, they seem to be thriving!
That is exactly the case with Great Basin, which has become quite a substantial distributor. Their brews can be found from small town markets to places like Walmart, so you might want to pop over and check out the shelves and see what you can find. As for Icky IPA, this brew is certainly worth a taste or two. It is available on tap at many bars in Nevada and also available bottled on the shelf.
Icky IPA doesn’t quite follow the American IPA style, although it is touted as such. The color is a touch darker than most IPAs, with a really nice head and pretty extravagant bubbling. The aroma is definitely hoppy with plenty of citrus and pine hints to it, while the taste is pretty malty. It makes an interesting combination and comes closer to matching up with an English IPA than an American one, but we’re not complaining.
The flavor on this one is definitely solid, as it remains pretty straightforward throughout the glass and the finish goes on for days. Slight bitterness helps this IPA and really adds to the finish, which we really enjoyed. Overall, Great Basin Brewing did a great job with this flagship brew and we expect them to continue producing it for a long time. After all, it’s named after the Nevada State Fossil, the Ichthyosaurus. This may seem a bit odd, considering Ichthyosaurus was a sea critter and Nevada is, well, a desert. However, for those who don’t know, the state was originally underwater. No, we’re not kidding.
A road trip to this interesting oddity of a state is definitely in order. Remember to check out the local craft breweries and try to get in some sightseeing as well. You’ll definitely learn quite a bit if you look around and the “step back in history” feeling of many parts of the state just might make you feel right at home.