Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fort George Brewery - Next Adventure Black IPA

Big, green can -
big black beer
Yes, Virginia, lots of awesome craft beers come in cans nowadays. Long gone are the olden times when an aluminum tallboy belied absolute horribleness inside that can. Many craft brewers are opting for cans over bottles. Cans are lighter, easier to store, cheaper to ship and are the best recycling option. I like cans.

Fort George Brewery in Astoria, Oregon has fully embraced cans. I picked up a single pint-size can of their Next Adventure Black IPA at New Seasons today. I think the price was $2.49. Good deal. 6.2% is the ABV advertised on the label.

The beer poured into my Mason jar a deep, dark, solid black color with a massive, creamy, clumpy, tan head. That head rose up over the rim at more than two fingers thick. Excellent retention with loads of sudsy lace left behind. Quite a spectacularly beautiful brew.

Aroma was big, bold citrus hops as soon as the pop top was pulled. Hints of resinous pine. Fruity, floral hops competing with the smell of dark roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.

Taste delivered mixed citrus flavors with juicy tropical fruit. Roasted malt, cocoa and coffee. Appropriate hops bitterness offset the well-rounded, earthy malt. Interesting complexity of flavors that actually complimented each other rather than competed. Delicious.

Medium to slightly full mouthfeel with good carbonation. Creamy finish left a nice flavor coating behind on the palate, but nothing too heavy.

This is probably the best Cascadian Dark Ale I've ever had. I haven't always been a huge fan of the style--which sometimes tries to do too much in one beer--but this brew hits high marks on almost every level. I like it. Next Adventure Black IPA gets a BeerGuyPDX rating of 4 crushed cans out of 4.

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