Saturday, April 29, 2017

Hop Valley Macho Libre Double IPA

Beer Name: Macho Libre
Brewery: Hop Valley Brewing Co. (Eugene, OR)
ABV: 8.3%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Fred Meyer (Vancouver, WA)
Price: $4.49 for 12 oz. single
Date Purchased/Opened/Drank: December 8, 2016
Best By Date: May 5, 2017
IBUs: 121(!) (websites have stated this is 80 IBU, but my label reads 121)

When brewed? Limited-time beer; winter release
Where distributed: Unknown; the brewery does ship to the Pacific NW, of course. Check to see if Hop Valley Brewing ships your area!

What's on the Bottle/Website: "Featuring 4 different hops, this IPA creates a bouquet of citrus, peach and tropical fruit with enough Munich malt to produce a classic burnt orange color."

Appearance (5%): Poured a hazy burnt-orange / peach color into a pint glass. Off-white head. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Intense tropical and citrus aroma. Passion fruit, grapefruit, peach. Some complementary malt. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Very dank; hop-bitter from start to finish. More of the tropical and citrus presents itself as the beer warms up. Some malt, but never too malty, allowing the tropical and citrus to take center stage. I'm a fan. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Bitterness will linger on the tongue. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. I think Hop Valley's winter seasonal IPA is a huge success. A word of caution, people who don't want bitter will not like this. Luckily, I am generally a fan of the high IBU beers, especially if the tropical and citrus flavors are still coming through. Drinks wonderfully for 8.3%. A steal at $4.49 for a 22 oz bottle. An absolute recommend and right up there with Citrus Mistress, as far as I'm concerned. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.488/5

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