Saturday, May 20, 2017

El Segundo / Grains of Wrath Super Beer Bros Level One Double IPA

Beer Name: Super Beer Bros Level One
Brewery: El Segundo Brewing Co. (El Segundo, CA) in collaboration with Grains of Wrath Brewing (forthcoming; Camas, WA)
ABV: 8.0%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Johns Marketplace (Portland, OR)
Price: $9.89 for 22 oz. bottle

Bottled on Date: February 10, 2017
Date Purchased: February 18, 2017
Date Opened/Drank: March 1, 2017
When brewed? Possibly a limited-time beer.

What's on the Bottle: "Super Beer Bros. is a series featuring some of our favorite IPA brewers in the land. Level One brings us Fat Head's alum Mike Hunsaker and his brand new project Grains of Wrath. Cur up some Moshing Samurai and jam into this Double India Pale Ale." Read more here!

Where distributed: Unknown, likely distributed in the California and Pacific NW markets. El Segundo ships primarily to California and Oregon. Grains of Wrath will be a new brewery located in Camas, Washington. Former Fat Head's brewer Mike Hunsaker will open Grains of Wrath around Summer 2017.

Appearance (5%): Poured clear dark golden to copper into a pint glass. Frothy off-white head. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Very citrus tropical, getting orange, papaya, peach, and maybe some other stone fruit. Some dank. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Hop-forward with some tropical dank and malt, then the explosion of citrus tropical really comes through. No octane and a pleasant experience. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Slightly dry on the tongue with some stickiness. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An excellent IPA. This new collab series by El Segundo is off to a kickass start. Fat Head's is well known in the Portland area and produced some amazing beers when Mike was working there. With Camas not too far from me, I expect to head there at some point to try those beers fresh from the source. The price is a bit on the pricey side but the drinking experience is wonderful. 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.313/5

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