Saturday, November 10, 2018

Matchless Brewing Citra + Simcoe 4Ever Double IPA

Beer Name: Citra + Simcoe 4Ever Double IPA
Brewery: Matchless Brewing (Tumwater, WA)
ABV: 8.0%
How sold: 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $5.50 for 16 oz. single

Date Canned: Day 59 (February 28, 2018)
Date Purchased: March 31, 2018
Date Drank: July 12, 2018
When brewed? Limited-time beer.

Commercial Description: "That's it! Nothing more, nothing less, just two of our favorite hops in a naked duet. Meant to show off the two hottest hops in the last two decades. Look for it, candied pine and citrus, mild bitterness and an almost non existent malt softness."

Where distributed: Matchless Brewing distributes to at least to the Pacific NW. Find out if Matchless ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured slightly hazy golden-orange into a pint glass. White head. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Balanced pine, tropical stone fruit, and some dank. 4/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose; slightly dank forward with bitterness, but tropical and pine then swoop in. Good tropical presence overall. A touch of octane present but otherwise hidden well. Fairly assertive citrus bitterness on the aftertaste. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Leaves a dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An awesome to excellent IPA. I enjoyed the barrage of different flavor notes on the nose and tongue with the citrus bitterness aftertaste. The price, while still par for the course, made me flinch a bit on retrospect as I drank this one. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.138/5

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