Saturday, September 15, 2018

Coldfire Brewing Cumulus Tropicalus Hazy IPA

Beer Name: Cumulus Tropicalus
Brewery: Coldfire Brewing (Eugene, OR)
ABV: 6.5%
How sold: 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $3.63 for 16 oz tallboy can

Date Purchased: February 24, 2018
Date Drank: May 10, 2018
When brewed? Seasonal beer. First released in 2017, then released in cans in late January 2018.
IBU: 60

What's on the Website: "A cloudy, citrusy New England-style IPA with flavors of peach, passionfruit, and grapefruit." Read more here

Where distributed: As of September 2018, Coldfire Brewing distributes just within Oregon for now. They just started releasing cans of beer in late January 2018.

Appearance (5%): Pours hazy orange into a pint glass. Unfiltered, sediment at the bottom of the can. Off-white head, trace lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Tropical orange, mango, possibly guava, and other tropical fruit. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose. Largely tropical-forward experience with complementing hop bitterness. Loving the orange and mango flavors. Probably a bit more bitter than the traditional NE-style IPA (more moderate in bitterness than normal) but boasts good flavor throughout. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Slight dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An excellent IPA. The local hazy IPA game keeps getting better. Coldfire Brewing, which had been draft-only for its first two years of existence, finally released some of its beer in cans at the beginning of the year. Apparently it had been the second-largest draft-only brewery in the state (behind Boneyard) until they decided to sell beer in cans. I'm happy Coldfire started selling cans; I'm a fan of this IPA. 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.313/5

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