Sunday, November 8, 2015

BridgePort Brewing Company - Stumptown CandyPeel IPA

What's the a-peel?
Finally! It's rainy season in Stumptown! I thought the perpetually gray skies would never get here! Ah, but it's totally gloomy today, just how I like it! Perfect beer tasting weather, in my opinion.

Today, I'm drinking a very local brew: Stumptown CandyPeel IPA from Oregon's oldest craft brewery, BridgePort Brewing Company. The beer comes with an ABV of 6.5% and 65 IBU's. Here's what BridgePort's website had to say about this beer:

"The first in our Stumptown line, CandyPeel IPA experiments with Styrian Goldings hops to provide an impactful candy orange/citrus aroma and flavor. With a strong malt backbone, CandyPeel is a balanced beer that’s refreshing and delicious. CandyPeel IPA is a fresh twist to the IPA Style."

The beer poured into my IPA glass a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a foamy, white head. The head was more than an inch tall and dissipated at a moderate rate. Good retention. Clumps of frothy suds were left behind all over the inside of the glass.

Aroma was citrus hops, orange and lemon, with hints of apricot and pineapple in the background. Biscuity malt.

Taste followed the nose with orange and lemony hops and a good bitter bite of orange pith. Assertive malt flavor. Excellent hops/malt balance.

Medium mouthfeel with some lively carbonation. Semi-dry finish with the bitter citrus and biscuity malt flavors left behind on the palate at the end.

Overall, this is an easy drinking, flavorful IPA. I would probably really enjoy this beer on a hot day. It's an interestingly different hops profile. I like it! I'm giving Stumptown CandyPeel IPA a respectable BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4.  

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