Friday, September 9, 2016

Gigantic Brewing Vivid Imperial IPA

Beer Name: Vivid
Brewery: Gigantic Brewing Co. (Portland, OR)
ABV: 8.5%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $8.31 for a 22 oz. bottle

Date Bottled: April 21, 2016
Date Purchased: May 14, 2016
Date Opened: June 3, 2016
When brewed? Seasonal beer. Listed as #43 in the Endless Series of Limited Edition Artist and Artisan Beers.
IBUs: 100

What's on the Bottle: "Wai-Iti and Kohatu hops from New Zealand expand the superlative! Immerse yourself in the multitude of tropical and citrus aromas and flavors derived from these unique, intriguing hops."

Tasting Notes (via Website): "Huge mango, mandarin orange, pineapple and lime hop aroma and flavor."

Food Pairings (via Website): "Lamb Samosas, Facerock Cloth Bound Cheddar, Goan Style Shrimp, Passionfruit Pavlova."

Where distributed: As of June 2016, Gigantic Brewing ships to 11 states, two Canadian provinces (BC and Alberta), and four other foreign countries. See if Gigantic Brewing ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy copper into a pint glass. Appears to be unfiltered. Off-white head. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Sweet tropical and malty. Getting orange-citrus and a bit of dank. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Pleasing mix of tropical, malt, and dank. Tropical includes mango and orange. Just abit of octane after drinking a bunch of it. Still very smooth and drinkable for 8.5% and 100 IBUs. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-full bodied, velvety on the tongue and extremely refreshing. Smooth. 4/5

Overall (20%): An awesome Double IPA. Honestly, the great artwork on the label drew me to the beer first, then I grabbed it when I saw it was a Double IPA. I've had a couple of Gigantic Brewing beers in the past, but this is my first official review of one. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.175/5

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