It’s been a day of getting caught up on email and blog posts here. After having the old Full Sail Slipknot IPA the other night, I figured I had better see what other IPAs I might have getting old. This is one I found that my friend @bettywriter sent me last year. She’s from Portland, and thought this beer had a great name, since she’s familiar with the odd carpet at PDX.
Location: Poured into a perfect pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL
Numbers: 6.4% ABV, 46 IBUs, 15° Plato OG, 13° Levibond, 200 Calories
Ingredients: Malt: 2-Row, Carawheat, C15, Rogue Farms Dare & Risk Malts. Hops: Rogue Farms Alluvial Hops; Coastal Water, Pacman Yeast
Appearance & Aroma: It’s amber in color and it’s fairly hazy. It had a huge, soapy-textured head on it, which fell to a thin creamy, bright white head, which left decent lacing. It has a grassy-citrusy hop aroma.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium-full and the mouthfeel is smooth and a little oily. The flavor up front is citrusy and a little spicy from the hops. There’s a juicyfruit citrusy hop flavor in the middle, and the bitterness kicks in during the finish with a mostly citrusy hoppiness and a bit of earthy spiciness. The hop flavors and bitterness last for a minute or two in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: With the juicy, citrusy flavors and bitterness, it will take a hearty food to stand up to it. I’d probably pair this beer with a pork chop that would help cut through it, but let the citrusy flavors come out.
Overall Impression: This IPA definitely showcases the hops, which had a nice citrusy flavor with a bit of spiciness. I enjoyed the balance of the hop flavors and bitterness, and appreciated that it had a decent body behind it, but all I could taste were the hops – which isn’t a bad thing in this case. Overall, it was a good beer and I always appreciate a little taste of PDX from my friend @bettywriter. Thanks again Betty!