Sunday, June 17, 2018

Fremont Brewing Head Full of Dynomite v.4 Hazy IPA

Beer Name: Head Full of Dynomite v.4
Brewery: Fremont Brewing Co. (Seattle, WA)
ABV: 6.8%
How sold: 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $5.19 for 16 oz single tallboy can

Date Canned: May 31, 2018
Date Bought: June 16, 2018
Date Drank: June 16, 2018
When Brewed? Limited-time beer released in June 2018. An ongoing series, with a new release about every six weeks. Fremont suggests to drink this beer within 60 days of canning.
IBU: ACT (a crap ton)

Used in This Batch: "2-Row Pale, Rolled Oats, Flaked Wheat, and White Wheat with Mosaic lupulin cryo powder, Centennial, Sorachi Ace, and El Dorado hops."

What's on the Can/Website: "Head Full of Dynomite (HFOD) is an ongoing series of hazy IPAs, each one different from the one before. “Friends bring happiness into your life, best friends bring beer.” – VWP" Read more here!

Where distributed: As of June 2018, Fremont Brewing distributes to six states (WA, OR, ID, AK, CO, and Southern CA) and Japan. Read more here!

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy light orange into a pint glass. Unfiltered. White head. Some lacing at the top of the glass. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Tropical passion fruit, stone fruit, and lemon, with a hint of floral. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Subdued, soft flavor throughout. From what I get, it is tropical-forward with complementing resin and oaty notes. Some floral and lemon towards the aftertaste, then citrus comes in again very late. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Very juicy with trace dry tongue. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): An awesome IPA. For me, a notch up from Version 3 and back to having more tropical as the star. Wished that the flavors were a bit more assertive and not seemingly watered down. Floral is noticeable for me, which I usually am not a fan of but it's not too bad here. The original version I had remains my favorite in the series. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.138/5

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