Sunday, May 5, 2013

Astoria Brewing Company - Bitter Bitch IIPA

...the fever's gonna catch you
when the bitch gets back.
The weather is absolutely beautiful in Western Oregon right now, and in this part of the country, you have to take it when you get it. It typically rains day-in, day-out from September to July, but we are getting some amazing, clear-blue, sunny skies. Yup, it's beach weather.

The wife and I loaded up the Family Truckster with the Wonder Beagle and a beach blanket and headed for the Oregon Coast. What a wonderful time we all had--along with what appeared to be half the population of Portland. No worries, there was plenty of sun, sand and sea for everyone.

Talking about sun, let me take a moment for an important public service announcement: WEAR SUNSCREEN!

BeerGuyPDX's face is currently the same color as a classic fire engine. Ow, oh, ow. Somebody get me some aloe vera, will ya, uh?

On the way home from the beach, we stopped in the quaint seaside city of Astoria. Lots of awesome beer to be had in Astoria, I'll tell you what. One of the great places we stopped at was the Wet Dog Cafe, based on the tweeted recommendation of Mr. Phil Beers. Of course, we already had a wet dog in the car, so the name of the place wasn't too inspiring, but the cafe is also the home base of Astoria Brewing Company. Awesome. Thanks, Phil! The place was well worth a visit and I owe you one of the cans I brought home.

Bitter Bitch IIPA came in 12 oz. cans and you can pick up singles or sixers of this brew and a couple of other flavors inside the cafe. They also have your typical growler fills of anything on tap.

Bitter Bitch (I enjoy typing that way more than I should.) poured into my Chimay chalice a hazy, deep brownish-amber color. Unusual for an IPA. The off-white head rose up to a finger thick and dissipated quickly. A thin cap of lacing was left behind across the top of the glass.

Aroma was big on citrus hops. Grapefruit, primarily. The smell of overripe tropical fruit in the background. Pineapple and melon.

Taste gives a big, bitter sting of banging hops right up front. 138 IBU's and it's no lie. The sweet malt flavor would almost be too sweet, if it wasn't for that big hops pucker. As it is, it's a nice balance.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. The finish is bitter hops, and surprisingly dry given the sweet fruitiness in the initial uptake.

This is quite an unusual IIPA. I like it a lot and highly recommend. I'm giving Bitter Bitch a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4 AND a Droolie. The Wonder Beagle made quite a fuss over this brew.

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