Friday, August 28, 2015

Ex Novo Brewing Dynamic Duo IIPA

Beer Name: Dynamic Duo Imperial IPA
Brewery: Ex Novo Brewing (Portland, OR)
ABV: 8.0%
How sold: 22 oz. bottles
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $6.99 for a 22 oz. bottle

Date Purchased: August 1, 2015
Date Opened/Drank: August 6, 2015
When brewed? Year-round beer
IBUs: 70

Where distributed: Ex Novo Brewing just started bottling their beer, so it may likely be confined to the Pacific NW for now. Check the website and social media sites to see if Ex Novo will eventually ship to your area!

What's on the Bottle: "At Ex Novo, we believe in making things right. We strive to make the best possible beer for you and your friends. We also work hard to help others make things right, both in our city and around the globe. As a non-profit brewery, we craft distinct & enjoyable beers & donate 100% of our net profits to organizations building a better world. So, when you drink this beer, you're helping those in need."

Appearance (5%): Pours hazy light yellow-golden into a pint glass. Resembles a cross between pineapple juice and passion fruit juice. Not much in the way of suds or head on my bottle. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Very citrusy. Intense passion fruit experience from the Citra and Simcoe hops. Invigorating and refreshing. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Amazing passion fruit experience from start to finish. Very smooth, clean flavor. Controlled hop-bitterness to remind you that this is an IPA. Bonus points for drinking far easier than the stated 8%. It took a while (over 3/4 of the pint glass consumed) to detect any alcohol notes. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-light body. Velvety and carbonated on the tongue. Some bitterness lingers, but in a good way. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding Imperial IPA. I first had this at the brewpub in July 2015 and praised its refreshing feel and citrusy flavors. This took me right back to when I sat in that brewpub with my Albuquerque Dog. Make no mistake, this is for people who like tropical-fruity, hoppy beers -- and I am one of those persons. Ex Novo has a true gem with Dynamic Duo. 4.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.7/5

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