Fifty Fifty Brewery – Truckee, CA

Spending the back end of the week here in Truckee, CA and, surprise surprise, I found a brewery! Full disclosure – I’ve been here once before a few years ago after a long day at Northstar ski resort, but I honestly didn’t recall what I thought of the brewery. So this time I went with an eye toward a proper tasting.
I started with the Manifesto Pale Ale. It’s more malt forward that I was expecting, but not out of style. The hops were definitely present, but not overwhelming. The menu said 35 IBU and I buy it. Very California/West Coast citrus hop character, I’m guessing Cascade or perhaps Amarillo. It definitely grew on me after a few sips.
The Rockslide IPA was pretty impressive. Again, a bigger malt character, than your run-of-the-mill IPA. The hops were also pretty big with Amarillo, Centennial and Summit hops. You get a big hit of grapefruit, and hop resin flavor followed by a reasonably dry finish. They don’t filter it so it has a real homebrew aspect to it.
I will be back for their Donner Party Porter and the Basecamp Golden Ale, which I didn’t have time for it on this trip, but it’s always good to leave wanting more! 🙂

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