Saturday, August 3, 2013

Hopworks Urban Brewery - Pig War White IPA

This little piggy went to
MAH BELLY!
My wife and I spent a wonderful vacation in a little stone cottage in the San Juan Islands last year. It was probably the most restful, relaxing and enjoyable week I've ever had in my life. Wish I was there right now. Beautiful scenery up there in the State of Washington, I'll tell you what, but I had no idea the area was once part of a territorial dispute between a fledgling US of A and the British Empire.

Hey, there's nothing wrong with a little history lesson to go along with your beer, especially if it's a damn tasty one. HUB's Pig War White IPA is named after the 1859 squabble over ownership of the San Juan Islands. Apparently, the tiff started over the shooting of a British pig (a hog, a real pig) by an American settler because the animal was digging up his potato patch. Ah, don't these things often begin with a little errant, irresponsible gun play?

Happily, the pig was the only casualty in the fracas, which really turned out to be a long, drawn out staring match between the two sides. I bet a lot of beer was consumed by those British and US soldiers while they sat around twiddling their thumbs and shouting insults at each other.

"Why, you, dirty yankee pig killers, you!"

"Oh, yeah! Well...you guys have sissy accents!"

In any case, let's get to the beer at hand.

Pig War White IPA poured from bomber into my pint glass a slightly hazy, golden yellow-orange color. The white head took a little coaxing to get up to a 1/2 inch tall and dissipated at a moderate rate. A thin cap of lace was left behind.

Aroma was citrus and floral hops. There was a light tropical fruit smell in the background.

Great taste. Citrus flavors of orange and grapefruit. Crisp, clean, biscuity malt. Hops bitterness throughout the drink.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Dry finish with the hops bitterness left behind on the palate.

This is a near-perfect summer IPA. Sessionable, even though the ABV is 6.0%. Very refreshing on a hot day but with a great IPA flavor profile. I love this stuff. I bought the bomber on sale at QFC for $3.99. Going back for more. This Pig gets a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4 AND a Droolie. The Wonder Beagle was digging the smell.


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