Sunday, September 27, 2015

Gigantic Brewing Company - Hops and Kisses Fresh Hop IPA

And the fresh hop train
rolls on!
Man, oh, man, oh, man! If you're a hophead, you really should be in Portland, Oregon right the heck now! Seriously, Oregon brewers have their fresh hop beers on tap all over this burg! Just check out the tap lists linked on the sidebar of this blog! Yes, right over there on the left. Click on a few of those 45 links! (This post is time sensitive. If you're reading this on, say, January, something-or-other, 2017, you're TOO late!) OMG! OMG! OMG! It's time for a fresh hop tour of PDX! For me, this is better than a first time trip to Dinnyland for a six year old! FRESH HOPS!

The bottleshops have a bunch of freshies in their cold cases, too. Today, I was wandering around in Hollywood Beverage and found a couple. Score!

Fresh hop beers are meant to be consumed ASAP. Seriously, they are not for hording and aging. The delicate, nuanced taste profiles of the fresh, green hops do not last a long time. The sooner you get these seasonal masterpieces in your belly, the better!

Today, I'm drinking a wonderful fresh hop IPA from Portland's Gigantic Brewing Company called Hops and Kisses. The label advises that this brew was made with loads of fresh Centennial hops that went from field to brew in a matter of hours. ABV is 6.5%.

The beer poured into my pint glass a slightly cloudy, honey orange color with a bright, white head. The head made it up to more than an inch tall and dissipated at a moderate rate. Spotty, webby lacing was left behind.

Aroma was a medley of citrus: Orange, lemon and tangerine. Sweet caramel malt. Light tropical fruit. Guava. Herbal, floral notes.

Taste followed the nose. Indistinct bitter, citrus hops. Primarily orange and lemon. Mild, grassy, herbal, spiciness of fresh hops. Excellent! Sweet, biscuity malt. Nice balance.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Clean finish that left that spicy, herbal, lemony, fresh hops flavor on the palate at the end. Love it!

Overall, this is a great fresh hop brew. I love it and will seek it out again soon. I'm giving Hops and Kisses a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4.

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