Friday, May 24, 2019

Matchless Brewing Hairy Elefante NE-Style IPA

Beer Name: Hairy Elefante
Brewery: Matchless Brewing (Tumwater, WA)
ABV: 6.6%

How sold: 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $4.15 for 16 oz. single

Date Canned: January 21, 2019
Date Purchased: February 23, 2019
Date Drank: March 12, 2019
When brewed? Limited-time beer. This was Batch #22718.

What's on the Can: "A mammoth amount of juicy hops. Fun fact: Mammoths could live at -58 degrees F. Tusks grow 1-6 inches per year."

Commercial Description: "A base of Vienna and flaked rye bring a big beer mouth feel, balanced by an addition of flaked corn to keep drinkability high. Mosaic and Citra late in the boil, followed up with a double dry hop of more Mosaic and Citra along with minimal bittering give the impression of a beer made solely of pure fruit juice."

Hops: Citra, Mosaic.

Malts: Pilsner, Flaked Rye, Flaked Corn.

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. Unfiltered; sediment at the bottom of the can. White head, some lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Predominantly pleasing citrus and stone fruit with noticeable Pilsner malt. 4/5

Taste (40%): Feels watered down a bit. Otherwise, citrus and Pilsner malts mix in at the start, followed by a wave of more citrus. To be fair, it's very refreshing and drinkable. Citrus continues into the aftertaste. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Juicy with trace dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An awesome IPA. Compared to other IPAs I've had, this feels watered down and thus affects the score but, to be fair, it is a refreshing beer that I'm enjoying with food. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.038/5

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