Saturday, April 11, 2015

Double Mountain Brewery - Gypsy Stumper IPA

That's logger, not lager...
Double Mountain has done it again. Man, oh, man! This fantastic brewery and taproom in Hood River, Oregon has long been one of my most favorite places to visit on Planet Earth. Excellent beer and delicious pizza? Come on! What more could anyone possibly want? How about yet another wonderful IPA? Yeah, that works for me.

Today, I'm drinking a Gypsy Stumper IPA. There's a story behind the name of this brew. The bottle proclaims:
"This hard working IPA is named for the little known crew that cleared a mountain so we could ride in style. Assertively hopped and vigorously balanced."
Gypsy Stumper IPA comes with an ABV of 7.5% and 80 IBU's. I picked up the pint bottle at New Seasons this afternoon. The cool label features the silhouette of a rugged lumberman holding a chainsaw, with majestic Mt. Hood in the background. Does the taste live up to the imagery? Let's find out, shall we?

The beer poured into my IPA glass a slightly hazy orange color with a foamy, bright white head. The head rose up to two fingers thick and dissipated slowly. Copious amounts of lacing left behind all over the glass.

Aroma was citrus and pine up front. Tangerine, Mandarin orange and lemon peel. Tropical fruit in the background. Hints of pineapple and passion fruit.

Taste followed the nose. Big on citrus and pine. Tangerine, orange and lemon. Appreciable hops bitterness that segued into mild, earthy malt. A bit of hops spiciness was left punctuating the juicy, tropical fruit flavor at the end. 

Medium mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. A bit of a dry, subdued finish but the flavor lingered pleasantly on the palate for a long time. 

So many IPA's are ridiculously, massively grapefruit-y nowadays. Many come with syrupy sweet malt profiles, too. Gypsy Stumper is like a "return to sanity" IPA. It is VERY drinkable and I could sip one anywhere, anytime. Excellent and I'm kicking myself for only picking up one bottle.  I'm giving Gypsy Stumper IPA a BeerGuyPDX rating of 4 crushed cans out of 4.

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