Monday, July 15, 2013

Hop Valley Brewing Company - Double D Blonde

Blondes have more fun
Eugene, Oregon is a beautiful city about 90 minutes south of Portland. Eugene is famous for the University of Oregon (go Ducks!), Prefontaine, the Oregon Bach Festival...and hippies. Lots and lots of hippies. Hey, I'm not saying it like that's a bad thing. Dye-tie, tempeh and macrame never hurt anybody. Women can legally walk around topless in Eugene. How hip is that?

Eugene is also a great beer town. Creativity and free-spirited individualism form the foundation of great craft brewing and there's plenty of both in Eugene, that's for sure. Eugene's Hop Valley Brewing makes some mighty fine beers. Tonight's subject brew is Double D Blonde. It comes in at 5% ABV and set me back $3.99 for a bomber at Whole Foods.

The beer poured into my tulip pint a slightly hazy, golden yellow color. The bright white head rose up to more than a finger thick and dissipated slowly. Spotty, sudsy lacing was left behind all over the glass.

Aroma was citrus hops with just a hint of pine. Sweet caramel malt in the background.

Taste followed the nose. Grapefruit. Mildly bitter. Bready, slightly earthy malt flavor. Good, good balance. Not a lot of complexity for the palate to savor in this one, but that's okay.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Slightly creamy finish.

This is a very easy drinker. Highly sessionable. This would make a good beer to stock the cooler with on BBQ Sunday. Would be nice in 12 oz. bottles or cans. I'm giving Double D Blonde a BeerGuyPDX ratng of 3 crushed cans out of 4. It also earns a Droolie. Merry the Wonder Beagle's nose was quite interested in this beer.

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