Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2007
Ahtanum, Amarillo, & Simcoe hops meet the big 3 C’s: Cascade, Columbus, & Centennial.
Lightly hazy bright bronze appearance, big head, dotted, creamy white...looks great for the style!
Aroma: all hops! Ripe fruit, twisted bitter citrus, peach, apricot, & pineapple bump against lemon rind and orange zest! Brilliant! Ah!!!
Taste: smooth, minimally malty, but just enough, with plenty of bounce, and not so much bitterness as you’d expect. A twist of citrus up front, then it fades, but never releases...sticks long on the tongue, but doesn’t over-stay it’s welcome, no, it becomes quite at home and comfortable in the mouth. Some tasty caramel malt creeps in and aids in the deliciousness.
I almost wondered if this shouldn’t be an APA, instead of IPA, but it’s all about the hops, so that’s not a bad choice. This is a beautiful marriage of the hops, and low in alcohol, comparitavely, easy to session. I’ve half a mind to crack open a growler of my beloved Masala Mama and compare, see if there’s a chance I like this better...it’s a contender, that’s for sure.
Poured this a few days ago for industry professionals, and they all adored it. Another excellent accomplishment out of Washington Avenue!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2007
Orange/Amber Color with White Ring. Dry Musty Aroma with Hops and Malt Going Back and Forth on the Nose. Dominantly Hop Profiled on the Tongue. Wet Hops Initially with Notes of Grapefruit/Citrus...Lightly Astringent Along the Way and Finishing with a Dry Hop Aftertaste. A Hop Lovers Beer. Stine (1782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 The pour is orange-amber and slightly cloudy. Floral and green spice aroma with a lively touch of mandarin orange. Tastes very herbal with tones of lavender and ginger; a bit of distant citrus flavor and pine needles. Nicely rounded considering the practically bar-none hop parade; this is the essence of this brewery’s somewhat one-dimensional ability. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Flowery aroma with lots of white head. More flowers in the hop flavor but not overwhelming. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2007
On-Tap at the brewpub: Unfiltered haze of dark golden peach. Huge dollup of whitened foam on top that sits for a long stay. In fact it didn’t ever really seem to leave. Slimmed down some, yes, but always stuck around leaving a blanket of lace as it was consumed. A gorgeous glass of hoppy ale here!
Aroma is bright and lofty with a ton of orange citrus mixed with a soapyish lemon pie filling, burnished pineapple, some peach, apricot, and dull resiny pineness. A hoppy nose no doubt.
Flavors don’t disappoint if you are looking and wanting the hops. Big on citrus with a orangey/lemon/peach upfront. Smooth to start, bright and crisp to follow; pine and pith with resiny leftovers coat the background fast with a hop fluffyness that keeps a simple yet complexing tone of hop bitterness thats tolerable to a nice smack of the lips and an even bigger smack on the palate. Notes of grasses hit late but sticks higher with citrusy pith and a dull pine. Malt is slight and barely maintained in balance to let those hops buzz with a decent height. Quite tasty.
Body is pretty peppy and crisp with a bold tone of lasting hops. Smooth and gradual with a solid carbonation and a fevered medium body. Hops really take the character to all levels of the experience.
The drinkability is good, however its heavy handed hoppyness catches the balance a bit off to maintain a slower level of sessioning. A damn fine taster though.