Beer Name: Fresh Hop House Martell New England Style Pale Ale
Brewery: Stormbreaker Brewing (Portland, OR)
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $6.02 for 22 oz. bottle
Date Purchased: October 1, 2017
Date Drank: October 28, 2017
When brewed? Limited-time fresh-hop beer. Released around late September 2017. Stormbreaker also has brewed House Martell (not the fresh hop version) in the past, and could bring it back when they choose.
What's on the Bottle: "With over 200 lbs of fresh hop Mosaics added to this Citra dry-hopped pale, tantalizing aromas of grapefruit and papaya vigorously waft out of the glass. The ale that follows is juicy and lavish; indicative of the house it is named after. This New England style pale ale won’t make you bend the knee, but it might quench your thirst for vengeance."
Where distributed: Stormbreaker Brewing distributes in Oregon and could otherwise be found in the Pacific Northwest.
REVIEW:Appearance (5%): Poured hazy light orange into a pint glass. White head. 4.5/5
Smell (25%): Intense tropical papaya and grapefruit. Didn't even have to bring my nose to the glass. 5/5
Taste (40%): Follows the nose; a lot of papaya grapefruit and slightly resiny notes. Aftertaste brings a barrage of citrus tangerine. Drinking this all day, every day. 4.75/5
Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied; some carbonation. Extremely juicy on the tongue. 4.75/5
Overall (20%): A world-class Pale Ale. I definitely had to try it because it was a New England-style beer, and I haven't drank many that are classified as pale ales. But heck, it was also a fresh hop beer, which only comes around during early fall. I was sold on the beer's huge tropical presence. Extremely refreshing, like drinking a slightly carbonated juice. Another kickass beer from Portland. 5/5
Final Weighted Rating: 4.85/5