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Patrons sample beer made by Prison City Pub & Brewery in Auburn Jan. 20, 2017.

A barleywine is the latest beer from Prison City Pub & Brewery to earn national recognition.

The downtown Auburn brewpub's Chin Check, a 9.7-percent ABV take on the strong ale style, finished No. 25 in a blind tasting of 62 barleywines from breweries across America. The tasting was conducted by Paste Magazine, the same publication that named Prison City's Mass Riot India pale ale No. 1 in a blind tasting of 247 IPAs in August 2016. 

Paste published the results of its latest tasting Tuesday. Chin Check finished ahead of entries from nationally established breweries like Dogfish Head, Lagunitas and Rogue.

"This was one of the only beers to really overtly combine the juicy, tropical and citrus-forward hop profile so favored in current American IPA with the booze and slightly syrupy malt flavors more expected of barleywine, and the result was something that isn’t all that far off from DIPA or triple IPA," the magazine said. "Although there are other hop-forward barleywines in this ranked portion of the list, Prison City’s was probably the most modern of them in terms of presentation."

Though Chin Check is not currently on tap at Prison City, a version of it that's been aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels is.

The barleywine joins Mass Riot, barrel-aged stouts Wham-Whams and Udderly Smooove, and other beers in Prison City Pub & Brewery's trophy case. Dawn and Marc Schulz opened the brewpub in December 2014, and recently received $900,000 from the state to help build a new facility where brewer Ben Maeso can raise his annual production from 900 barrels to more than 10,000.

Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or david.wilcox@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.

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