Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Everybody's Brewing Company - Hoppy AF Double IPA

Hoppy a Francais?
Hey, want to know a great way to irritate an Oregonian? Pronounce the name of the state Ory-GONE. Yeah, that's not going to do at all. It's Or-gun, or Or-uh-gun, but never, ever, ever, never, ever Ory-gone or Or-ah-gone. That's the way Mrs. Drysdale from The Beverly Hillbillies would pronounce it--all hoity-toity, highfalutin and completely WRONG.

Don't be a goober. Pronounce the name of the best beer state in the US of A properly, um-kay? I won't even get into the proper intonation for the word "Willamette" right now. We'll just save that for another day. (Dammit!)

Anyway, I'm supposed to be writing a beer review. Today, I'm drinking a bomber of Everybody's Brewing Company's Hoppy AF Double IPA. This beer comes from Washington, a state with a name that nobody should have a problem pronouncing.  Wait, I'm pretty sure it happens more often than we'd like to believe. I'm also pretty sure the folks up north of me would argue that they live in the best beer state in the US of A, and they would have some pretty solid talking points.

I picked this brew up at New Seasons for under five bucks. It comes with an ABV of 8.5% and 85 IBU's. The label advises that the beer was brewed with Galaxy, Citra and Chinook hops. Sounds right up my taste bud alley. Let's get the cap off and see what we've got here...

The beer poured into my IPA glass a clear, light orange color with a creamy, white head. The head rose right up to more than a finger thick with no coaxing. That head dissipated slowly and left behind big, webby patches of lacing all over the glass.

Aroma was lovely citrus, pine and tropical fruit. Sweet caramel malt. Herbal notes. Floral notes. Juicy, juice. Lucious in the nose, promising a big delivery of hoppy goodness.

Taste absolutely followed the nose. Orange, tangerine, grapefruit pith. Pineapple, guava. A tinge of dankness. Hints of stone fruit. Clean malt flavor. Wow, there was a whole lot of taste bud tingling going on.

Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Lighter body for such a big beer. I approve. This brew is very quaffable, even with the respectable ABV and robust hops profile. All those hops flavors were left playing around on the palate at the end.

Overall, this is my kind of IPA. It may not necessarily be yours, but I could almost swear that the good folks at Everybody's Brewing brewed this one just for me. I love it and will look for this beer in the cold case and on tap wherever I may roam. Good stuff! I'm awarding Hoppy AF a perfect BeerGuyPDX score of 4 crushed cans out of 4 AND a Droolie. 


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Gigantic Brewing Company - Vivid Imperial IPA

Vivid-ly devoted to you...
The Craft Beer Revolution is an international uprising that I am solidly behind. Craft beer is everywhere! What I really love is that the innovation that made craft beer one of the fastest growing industries on the planet has shown no sign of slowing down. In fact, our brewer heroes just keep pulling more and more potable magic out of that proverbial hat each and every day. For a craft beer fanatic like me, a visit to the supermarket cold case is like a trip to Shangri-la. There's almost always something new and totally amazing waiting for me.

Today, I found a bomber of Gigantic Brewing Company's Vivid Imperial IPA in the fridge at my local Fred Meyer. The label immediately caught my eye because I am ALWAYS on the lookout for something new-to-me from Gigantic. These folks are PNW brewing masters. Picassos of the mash tun. Seriously, they rarely disappoint and often thrill my taste buds with their fermented masterpieces.

This IIPA was brewed with new-to-me New Zealand hops: Wai-Iti and Kohatu. Vivid comes with an ABV of 8.5%. As usual for Gigantic, the bomber is adorned with label art that is suitable for framing. Hey, I'm not really sure what's going on there, but it's cool and interesting. So, how's the beer? That's what we're here for, right? Right.

Vivid poured into my IPA glass a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a foamy, creamy, white head. The head rose up to more than two fingers tall and dissipated slowly. A thin cap and copious amounts of webby lacing were left behind on the glass.

Aroma was huge with tropical fruit. pineapple, mango, passion fruit. Light, indistinct citrus notes. Pleasantly dank. Sweet caramel malt. Wow! So much going on in the nose! Floral notes. Herbal notes. Did I already say wow?

Taste followed the nose. Lots of tropical fruit. Spicy herbal kick to it. Stone fruit. Peach. Definitely different! I love it!

Medium mouthfeel with a bit of a chew to it. Good carbonation. Juicy finish. No alcohol harsh. Easy to drink.

Overall, this is an awesome Imperial IPA. Tons of flavor. Easy to drink. Plenty of wow factor. I accidentally tipped over my glass while I was typing this and shouted "NOOOOOOOOO!"

The dog went immediately for the beer that made it to the floor and went into a reverse sneezing fit. Hey, from a beagle, that's the ultimate olfactory compliment. I'm giving Vivid Imperial IPA a BeerGuyPDX rating of 4 crushed cans out of 4 and a Droolie. Excellent beer with a definite difference. I highly recommend.