Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ecliptic Brewing Pollux Imperial IPA


Beer Name: Pollux
Brewery: Ecliptic Brewing (Portland, OR)
ABV: 8.0%
How sold: 22 oz. bottles
Where bought: Trader Joe's (Portland, OR)
Price: $7.49

Date Bottled: October 26, 2015
Date Purchased: December 13, 2015
Date Opened/Drank: December 18, 2015
When brewed? Seasonal beer. This is the Fall 2015 release.
IBUs: 80

Where distributed: Ecliptic Brewing likely just distributes to the Pacific NW for now. Click here for their website!




What's on the Bottle/Website: "This double IPA is named after one of the twin stars known as Pollux in the constellation Gemini. For our Pollux Imperial India Pale Ale, Amarillo, Azacca, Citra, and Columbia hops were used. They give Pollux a tropical hop flavor and aroma with hints of orange and grapefruit." Click here for more!
REVIEW:
Appearance (5%): Poured a clear copper-amber into a pint glass with perhaps 1-2 mm of frothy off-white head. Leaves very little to no lacing. 4/5

Smell (25%): A good balance of tropical-hop, malt, and pine. Slightly more emphasis on the tropical. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Fairly balanced attack of tropical-hop (orange and grapefruit), malt, and pine flavors. Slight bitter aftertaste that stays controlled. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium body with slight carbonation on the tongue. A nice, sharp bitterness that lingers without getting too overwhelming for me. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An excellent Double IPA. Another local brewery that I have been to in the past to enjoy their food and year-round Orbiter IPA. For me, at least a must-try in terms of having the orange and grapefruit aroma and tropical flavor. Ecliptic gets another solid thumbs up from me with Pollux. Certainly reasonable at $7.49 for a 22 oz. bottle. If only this were year-round.... 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.238/5

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