Prison City’s Mass Riot IPA repeats top 10 showing in blind tasting

Mass Riot is no fluke.

Prison City Pub & Brewery’s India pale ale placed No. 6 in a blind tasting and ranking of 324 IPAs published Tuesday by Paste Magazine. The publication named Mass Riot No. 1 in a ranking of 247 IPAs in August 2016, raising the downtown Auburn brewpub’s profile and prompting regional beer enthusiasts to line up on State and Dill streets to buy cans of the beer at its select releases.

Mass Riot once again placed ahead of several well-known and sought-after IPAs from across America, such as Treehouse’s Green, Maine’s Another One and Trillium’s Scaled.

“It does feel good to have been able to shine a spotlight on what was (at the time) the most incredible under-the-radar NE-IPA in America,” Paste’s Jim Vorel wrote. “The fact that Mass Riot is still here in the top 10 is just about the ultimate mark of quality, but this beer earns it with sheer vivaciousness. On the nose this one is big and complex, hitting hard with sweet tropical fruit notes.”

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