Sunday, March 26, 2017

Block 15 Sticky Hands (Brewer's Cut)

****This is different from the usual Block 15 Sticky Hands Hop Experience Ale and yet another new variant in the Sticky Hands series. This variation features Amarillo, Centennial, Citra, Mosaic, and Azacca hops.

Beer Name: Sticky Hands (Brewer's Cut Variant)
Brewery: Block 15 Brewing Co. (Corvallis, OR)
ABV: 8.1%
How sold: 4-packs of tallboy cans (16 oz cans)
Where bought: Bridgetown Beerhouse (Portland, OR)
Price: $12.99 for 4-pack

"Canned on" Date: March 20, 2017
Date Purchased: March 21, 2017
Date Opened/Drank: March 22, 2017
IBUs: 110(!)

What's on the Can: "STICKY HANDS
Offering a luscious blend of flavor and drinkability, this Hop Experience Ale features ample additions of sticky, lupulin-packed hops, grown in the Pacific Northwest. The result is an aromatic blast of citrus, tropical fruit, and dank herb that transitions into resinous hop flavor nad a delightfully balanced finish.

Sticky Hands is canned fresh and delivered weekly. Enjoy vibrant notes when young, or store cold for a few weeks for a more refined hop character.

Does this can have a green tab or four-pack top? Boom! It contains a Sticky Hands variation. Our brewers often combine innovative techniques with hops sourced from around the world to bring you a new hop experience.

Hop resin and yeast may settle to the bottom of the can. It's natural."

What's on the Website: "Sticky Hands, Brewer’s Cut features the hop varietals and lots that our brewers hand-selected in Yakima—Amarillo, Centennial, Citra, Mosaic, and Azacca. Together, they produce a captivating combination of citrusy, dank, floral, and tropical hop notes that seamlessly blend with our base Sticky Hands recipe." Read more here!

When brewed? Special release. The Brewer's Cut variant is a limited-time release featuring Amarillo, Centennial, Citra, Mosaic, and Azacca hops. The regular Sticky Hands recipe remains a trade secret.

Where distributed: As of March 2017, Block 15 Brewing distributes to select markets in Oregon and Washington. Block 15 Brewing brews and cans Sticky Hands for rotating distribution every week. Various areas get new shipments every other week, while other areas like the Seattle market get a new shipment once a month. Click to see where Block 15 distributes its beer!

Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. White head with good ring lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Mostly dank, with piney and citrus notes. People may think it smells more like weed. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Predominantly dank and resinous with lovely citrus and tropical notes which get more noticeable on the aftertaste. Consistent with prior Sticky Hands versions, perhaps even slightly more tropical. Flavor still amazing in my book. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied; some carbonation. Sticky and then dry on the tongue, pretty much what you'd expect with a name like "Sticky Hands." 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An excellent Double IPA. Last year's Tropical Slam version remains far and away my favorite Sticky Hands variant. I found Brewer's Cut to be more easy drinking than the regular Sticky Hands. I'm sure demand has tremendously increased, yet the price has stayed virtually the same. This is a damn good beer that, with a bit more carbonation, would have probably gotten an "outstanding" rating. 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.45/5

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