Saturday, April 27, 2013

Silver Moon Brewing - Hop-tagon Imperial IPA

Eight is great.
I was searching for the perfect beer to drink while watching UFC 159 tonight and, by gosh, I found it at Grocery Outlet.

The beer in question is Silver Moon Brewing's Hop-tagon--like Octagon. Of course, the beer has nothing to do with the eight-sided cage where-in two mixed martial artists beat the holy bejeebers out of each other. No, from the label I surmised that the number "eight" refers to the number of hop additions that go into the brew during the boil. Cool.

Hop-tagon rings in with an ABV of 8.5% and 99 IBU's. That all sounded like my kind of beer.

The beer poured from bomber to pint glass a slightly cloudy, golden amber color. The off-white head came up to more than a finger thick and dissipated slowly. Copious amounts of lacing was left behind.

Aroma was citrus hops and sweet tropical fruit. Light caramel malt and floral notes in the background.

Taste wasn't quite as sweet as the smell. The flavor of grapefruit is predominant. Bitter hops zing competes with a toasty caramel malt--the hops win. The alcohol is also noticeable in the aftertaste.

Medium to slightly full mouthfeel. The finish surprisingly creamy.

Hop-tagon is a pretty decent IIPA. While it isn't quite the hopbomb I was expecting, it's a pleasant drink. Merry the Wonder Beagle expressed mild interest in the stuff, but no noticeable drool was produced. Thus, I'm giving Hop-tagon a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4.

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