Did ya know that it's PDX Beer Week? Did ya? Did ya? Did ya, huh? Well, it is! PDX Beer Week is going on RIGHT now, here in good ol' Stumptown, June 9th through June 19th (yes, that's slightly more than a week) with a megatonage of super cool events and tasty, tasty beers. Check out the official calendar HERE.
Hey! Talking about official, did you know that there's an official Portland Beer Week beer? There is! I had a bomber of Subcontinental IPA this evening. The beer is a collaboration between Portland Brewing Company and Double Mountain Brewery. It comes with an ABV of 7.0% and was brewed with pepper, cardamom, clove, cumin and saffron. Hmmm, interesting. My first thought was cumin? Probably my least favorite spice, right there.
The beer poured into my pint glass a clear, golden orange color with a creamy, off-white head. I coaxed the head up to a full finger thick and it dissipated at a moderate rate. A thin cap and solid ring of lacing were left behind and stuck around for a while.
Aroma had a significant Belgian-ish touch to it. Those aromatic spices were front and center. Cardamom and clove. Caramel malt and some citrus hops in the mix. Herbal and floral notes.
Taste followed the nose but there was definitely more of an IPA quality on the palate than the aroma foretold. Indistinct citrus hops flavors--mostly orange and lemon. Tropical fruit flavors worked in tandem with the spices quite nicely. This beer went great with my homemade spaghetti sauce tonight but I would bet it would be an even better accompaniment to some Indian or Thai food. Nice!
Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Semi-dry finish. Flavors of aforementioned spices were left dominating the palate at the end--but in a good way.
I like this brew! I was afraid of the cumin, but that definitely wasn't the predominant spice flavor. This is a good pick for the official 2016 PDX Beer Week beer. It's just weird enough to proudly hold the moniker, for sure. I'm giving Subcontinental IPA a respectable BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4.