Sunday, August 6, 2017

Culmination Brewing Hazy Cryo Phaedrus IPA

Beer Name: Hazy Cryo Phaedrus IPA
Brewery: Culmination Brewing (Portland, OR)
ABV: 6.7%
How sold: Only on draft
Where bought: Tin Bucket (Portland, OR)
Price: $5.00 for 16 oz. pint

Date Debuted: June 23, 2017
Date Drank: July 8, 2017
When brewed? One-time batch. Limited-time beer released June 23, 2017, in celebration of Culmination Brewing's second-year anniversary.

More About This Beer: Haze craze version of flagship Phaedrus IPA. Brewed with cryogenically frozen hops.(via Untappd)

Where distributed: Culmination Brewing can be found in the Pacific Northwest. It slowly but surely has expanded throughout the Portland area.

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy light orange into a pint glass. Some white head; lacing towards the top. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Mostly passion fruit and stone fruit tropical aroma. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose. Tropical fruit-forward New England-style IPA. Aftertaste has perhaps some pineapple and citrus. Pleasing and smooth. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Juicy and tropical on the tongue. Typical New England-style IPA. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): An excellent IPA. Culmination continues its use of cryo hops and brewed a hazy New England-style IPA version of their flagship Phaedrus a month or so after releasing the initial Cryo Phaedrus to Portland. A side of me wanted just a bit more tropical burst, but this was an overall success. As more hazy IPAs get released, it gets tougher to get to them all. I'll likely miss a bunch here and there, even in my own neck of the woods. Hazy Cryo Phaedrus was one I'm glad I got to. 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.288/5

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