Saturday, August 15, 2015

Hopworks Urban Brewery Pig War White IPA

Beer Name: Pig War
Brewery: Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland, OR)
ABV: 6.0%
How sold: 4-packs of 16.9 oz. tallboys; 22 oz bottles; kegs
Where bought: Safeway (Vancouver, WA)
Price: $9.99 for 4-pack
IBU: 60

"Canned On" Date: June 16, 2015
Date Opened: July 17, 2015

What's on the Website: "Named for the 1859 standoff between British and American forces on San Juan Island. White IPA style marrying a NW IPA and American Wheat Ale. Made with Hard Red Spring Wheat grown exclusively for Hopworks on San Juan Island. Tart, wheat flavors with medium body and signature wheat beer haze. Citrus hop flavors with clean bitterness and a crisp finish." Click here!

When brewed? Seasonal beer.

Where distributed: Hopworks ships to three U.S. states (Washington, Oregon, and Idaho) and British Columbia. Some of Hopworks' beer also makes it to the Canadian province of Alberta. Click here!

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy white-gold into a clear pint glass. Reminded me of carbonated pineapple juice on appearance. Some lacing. About 3-4 millimeters of white head that reduced to a sudsy surface. Intriguing color. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Citrus-hop forward, lovely grapefruit and pineapple notes. Very inviting. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Delicious citrus-bitterness, mostly grapefruit. Controlled bitterness through the aftertaste, yet very refreshing. Awesome. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium body, velvety on the tongue, and refreshing. Some carbonation on the tongue. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. I kept seeing this in stores and for whatever reason passed on getting it. Then I looked closer at the label, saw it was a White IPA, and immediately snatched a 4-pack from the shelf. The citrus grapefruit flavor alone sold me; it brought such a refreshing experience that made me want to drink more. I was surprised at the mid-80s rating (on average) that other people were giving it on BeerAdvocate. For me, this is a stellar local option -- even at $2.50 per can. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.388/5

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