Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mazama Brewing Experimental Juicy X.3 IPA

Beer Name: Experimental Juicy X.3 IPA
Brewery: Mazama Brewing Company (Corvallis, OR)
ABV: 7.0%
How sold: 12 oz cans; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $2.59 for 12 oz can

Date Canned: December 12, 2017
Date Purchased: December 22, 2017
Date Drank: December 26, 2017
When brewed? Limited-time beer. This particular beer reviewed was part of Batch #285.

Commercial Description: "Part of Mazama Brewing Co's experimental series, batch 285 of Juicy IPA is brewed with Amarillo, Columbus, & Mosaic hops."

Where distributed: As of January 2018, Mazama Brewing distributes within Oregon. Unknown right now if they distribute outside the state.

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy light orange into a pint glass. White head, trace lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Mostly a light English-malt aroma with floral and some sweet tropical (mango, peach, and passion fruit).. Not quite what I was expecting. 3.5/5

Taste (40%): Not sure what to really expect here. Getting more of a light English malt-like flavor with some floral and any tropical just doesn't come through. The first Experimental Juicy IPA had more tropical than this, and I don't know if that's what Mazama was shooting for. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Juicy on on the tongue. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): A below-average IPA. The flavor was very unremarkable this time, and I almost want to assume I got a bad batch. It may have been juicy on the tongue, but that's most of the positives I had on this one. Sorry, Mazama, I'll pass on this one. 2.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 3.038/5

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