Thursday, January 2, 2014

10 Barrel Brewing Company & Hop Valley Brewing Company - 86'd IPA

Civil War Armistice?
The Civil War is the moniker given to the most important annual sporting event in the state of Oregon. Every year, the University of Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State University Beavers face off on the gridiron for approximately 3 hours of hardcore college football action.

It's a classic rivalry and everybody in Oregon has their favorite team. I'm not going to tell you who I support...let's just say I have a son who attended U of O and two kids living in Eugene... The Ducks home base is in Eugene. The Beavers are stationed in nearby Corvallis. Hop Valley Brewing Company operates in Duck territory and 10 Barrel Brewing Company is in Bend, which is apparently a hotbed of Beaver support.

Hop Valley and 10 Barrel decided to collaborate on a special Civil War IPA. They named it 86'd. A tag on the bottle explained that the name refers to an incident at a recent Civil War game where-in a 10 Barrel brewer was escorted from Reser Stadium and asked never to return. Cool! That's some kind of intense fandom, right there. How intense is this collaboration beer?

86'd poured from bomber into my shaker pint a slightly hazy, golden amber color with a foamy white head. The head was more than a finger thick and dissipated at a moderate rate. Lots of sudsy, webby lacing was left behind.

Aroma was indistinct citrus and tropical fruit. Sweet caramel malt.

Taste was grapefruit and orange. Big on the citrus hops with a solid, lingering, bitter zing. Classic West Coast IPA.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. No alcohol taste detected in this 6.5% ABV brew. Hops bitterness left on the palate at the end. 

I liked it! I'm looking forward to more collab beers from these two awesome Oregon brewers! I'm giving 86'd a respectable BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4 AND a Droolie. It held the Wonder Beagle's interest for quite a puddle's worth.


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