Saturday, October 5, 2013

Double Mountain Brewery - Killer Green Fresh Hop IPA 2013

She's a Killer Green,
dynamite with a laser beam.
T'is the season for fresh hop beers in the Pacific Northwest. Up here, fresh means fresh. Hops are a big money crop around these parts. When the local brewers start putting out their fresh hop brews, everybody gets excited. Heck, we have fresh hop beer fests this time of year. There was one in Portland today, as a matter of fact.

One of my favorite seasonal fresh hop beers is Double Mountain's Killer Green. It's incredibly popular (along with it's cousin, Killer Red), so much so that they are bottling it this year. I purchased one of each.

Killer Green poured from a 16 oz. bottle into my pint glass a slightly hazy, golden orange color. The creamy, off-white head rose up to two full fingers high and dissipated slowly. A large amount of sudsy lacing was left behind.

Aroma was citrus hops with a distinctive, grassy, herbal fresh hops note. Orange and tropical fruit. Pineapple and guava. Some pine and sweet malt in the background. 

Taste followed the nose. Citrus hops with grassy, herbal, fresh hops flavors. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange. Sweet malt taste but well balanced by the hops bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Creamy finish with that spicy, herbal flavor left on the palate. Not sure about the ABV on this IPA. No alcohol in the taste that I could detect.

All in all, this brew is great and what I'd expect from Double Mountain. I like it even better than last year's version. Excellent, and I'm giving Killer Green a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4.

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