Sunday, July 29, 2018

Alvarado Street Brewery Sunny Hours Double IPA

Beer Name: Sunny Hours
Brewery: Alvarado Street Brewery (Salinas, CA)
ABV: 8.0%
How sold: 16 oz cans; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $7.27(!) for 16 oz. pint

Date Canned: March 5, 2018
Date Purchased: March 17, 2017
Date Drank: July 23, 2018
When brewed? Limited-time beer released March 2018.
IBUs: 30

What's on the Website: "Set your clocks up an hour and spring forward into this tropical bomb sauce fermented with expressive yeast and peppered with Simcoe, Vic Secret, Bru-1 hops and Mosaic cryo powder." Read more here!

Where distributed: As of July 2018, Alvarado Street Brewery generally distributes within California, but may make it to the Pacific NW on occasion. See if they distribute to your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy light orange into a pint glass. Unfiltered; lots of sediment at the bottom of the can. White head. Trace lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Creamy tropical citrus tangerine and stone fruit with slightly assertive oaty malt. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Slight malt and octane-forward to start, then a wave of tropical citrus swoops in through the aftertaste. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Very juicy. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): An awesome IPA. So this beer was released to celebrate Daylight Saving Time coming back, then hung out in my fridge for about four months. Fortunately, I don't think my delay reduced the beer quality. I'm a fan of the tropical presence, although perhaps (at least for me) the octane and malt may have upstaged the tropical just a bit. Not surprising given the 8% ABV listing, though. But dang, that price hit the wallet good. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.138/5

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