Saturday, September 29, 2018

Stormbreaker Brewing Hazy ... So Hot Right Now Pale Ale

Beer Name: Hazy ... So Hot Right Now
Brewery: Stormbreaker Brewing (Portland, OR)
ABV: 5.6%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $6.02 for 22 oz. bottle

Date Purchased: March 17, 2018
Date Drank: July 4, 2018
When brewed? Likely a limited-time beer. Released around March 12, 2018.
IBUs: 48

What's on the Bottle: "Ever wonder if there’s more to life than drinking really, really, really ridiculously delicious beer? We don’t think so either. Our next strut down the Hazy Beer Runway features additions of 18 lbs. of Mosaic in the whirlpool, another 18 lbs. at Dry Hop, producing intense, Blue Steel, Le Tigre-like aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. Before you enjoy, please remember, the beer is 'in' the bottle…"

What's on the Website: "100% Mosaic Hopped NE Style Pale Ale. We threw in 18 lbs of mosaic in the whirlpool and dry hopped it with another 36 lbs in order achieve intense citrus, tropical aromas."

Where distributed: Stormbreaker Brewing distributes in Oregon and could otherwise be found in the Pacific Northwest.

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

Smell (25%): Assertive, refreshing tropical citrus. My kind of beer. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose; basically all tropical citrus from start to finish. Lighter and refreshing that is consistent with a 5.6% beer. Aftertaste is a light citrus tangerine. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-light bodied; good carbonation. Extremely juicy on the tongue. 4.75/5

Overall (20%): A world-class Pale Ale. Stormbreaker is simply kicking ass on these hazy beers, from the pales to the IPAs. I usually don't give beers under 6% a high score because I anticipate (and receive) a more watered-down beer when I crave the flavor, but I was a big fan of this one. While it was released around early spring, I'm actually glad I waited until the middle of summer to drink this. It's an ideal summer beer for me. 4.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.738/5

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