Saturday, August 29, 2015

BridgePort Brewing Company - Tilikum Crossing Orange Line IPA

Got a ticket to ride?
There are a lot of things about our city that make us Portlanders proud. There are also quite a few things that we like to ceaselessly complain about. One thing that fits into both of those categories is our public transportation system. My goodness...where do I even start?

Portland's public transportation system, TriMet, is top notch. It's a combination of light rail (known as the MAX), streetcars and buses that can get you anywhere you need to go in the Portland metro area and beyond. $2.50 will get an adult rider a ticket for any of the three modes of transportation for 2 1/2 hours of use. An all-day pass costs five bucks. I pay $100 for an unlimited monthly pass. When you consider payments, gas and insurance that's cheaper than running a car any way you look at it.

Portlanders are also very concerned about pollution, energy use and sustainability. It's what we do en masse. We care about the environment and many of my neighbors have shunned individual automobiles (I wish more would) and committed to full-time use of public transit to get to work.

Ah, but we Portlanders are a fickle lot. We spend as much time complaining about the state of our public transit system as we do riding it. It's never on time. It often breaks down. We have to rub elbows with smelly weirdos. It costs too much. It's poorly run. Blah, blah, blah. We're never satisfied. It's the Portland way. Don't judge us. You just wouldn't understand.

Recently, our light rail system was expanded to reach a greater number of citizens in the 'burbs. The MAX Orange Line is set to open later this month, providing service out to the city of Milwaukie from Portland State University in SE Portland. A new transit bridge was built to make it possible--the first new bridge to span the Willamette River in 40 years. It's kind of a big deal.

The Bridge was named Tilikum--don't you dare laugh--which is a native Chinook word meaning people, tribe or relatives. The bridge is strikingly beautiful and will carry thousands of Portland commuters across its span by foot, bike, train, streetcar and bus. Click HERE for photos and more information.

This is Portland, so naturally, a special beer needed to be created for the Tilikum Crossing and Orange Line inaugural. Who better to produce that beer than Portland's OG craft brewery, BridgePort Brewing? BridgePort did it up right with their very first White IPA, and they named it Tilikum Crossing Orange Line IPA.

I purchased a bomber of Tilikum Crossing at Fred Meyer for $7.49. It's a limited release brewed with Belgian yeast, orange peel and 25% wheat. It was dry-hopped with Lemondrop Hops and comes with an ABV of 6%.

The beer poured into my pint glass a hazy, golden orange color with a clumpy, foamy white head. The head rose up to a full finger thick and dissipated at a moderate rate. A full cap was left behind, along with some spotty lace in the glass. Quite a lovely beer upon initial pour and inspection.

Aroma was lemony hops and biscuity malt. Spicy, herbal Belgian yeast. Floral notes.

Taste followed the nose. Lemon and orange flavors. Bready, biscuity malt. Crisp, clean wheat. Mildly bitter, lemony hops on the finish.

Medium to slightly thinner mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Dry finish. Those lemony hops and Belgian yeast flavors left subtly behind on the palate at the end. Nice.

Overall, this is an easy drinking White IPA. I've never been too wild about this style, but it works for me. Good stuff and an excellent representation of the grace and smooth lines of the Tilikum Crossing Bridge in liquid form. I'm giving this beer a respectable BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4.

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