Thursday, August 27, 2015

Gigantic Brewing Company - Ume Umai

Plums and rice and malt, oh my!
Portland's Gigantic Brewing Company puts out some very interesting label art. Their beer is pretty darn exceptional, too, so it's definitely not one of those "lipstick on a pig" kind of deals. The aesthetic of the label is typically on par with the craftsmanship inside the bottle. For me, it provides just a little bit more excitement whenever they have a new release. Neato, keeno! Check out this collection of labels on Gigantic's website

Gigantic's Ume Umai is a beer brewed with plums and black rice. The label depicts two octopus-encrusted Samurai dudes clobbering each other with...octopus fists. I'm not sure what that's all about, but it looks pretty cool, nonetheless. This 7.5% ABV beer is described as follows:

Inspired by the Japanese flavor palate, we combined plums, black rice and pilsner malt to make a unique beer experience. Brewed "dry" in the Asian manner, Ume Umai is fruity, yet earthy and above all refreshing and delicious.
The beer poured from bomber to glass a hazy, peach/orange color. The thin. white head rose up to about a 1/4 inch and dissipated quickly. A light ring of lacing was left behind.

Aroma was stone fruit, apple and pear. Biscuity malt. Light spice and herbal notes in the background.

Taste was plums and sweet malt, backed up with tart apple. Subtle layers of complexity seemed to build with each sip. Interesting. The flavors really blossomed as the beer warmed up. No hint of alcohol. This is an easy drinker, but I definitely recommend sipping and savoring it for a while. 

Medium mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Dry finish but with a light creaminess that's definitely different.

Overall, this is certainly a unique brew. I can't even think of something to compare it to...nope, it's pretty much in a category of it's own. Really nice and I would drink it again. I'm giving Ume Umai a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4.

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