Saturday, November 2, 2019

Moonraker / Melvin Scooter McGavin Hazy Imperial IPA

Beer Name: Scooter McGavin
Brewery: Moonraker Brewing (Auburn, CA) in collaboration with Melvin Brewing (Alpine, WY)
ABV: 8.0%

How sold: 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $7.27(!) for single 16 oz. tallboy can

Date Canned: July 26, 2019
Date Purchased: August 10, 2019
Date Drank: August 12, 2019
When brewed? Limited-time/rotating beer.

Commercial Description: "Collaboration with our friends at Melvin Brewery. Galaxy, Strata, Enigma, and El Dorado hops."

Where distributed: Moonraker Brewing distributes to select states, including California and Oregon. Melvin Brewing also distributes to the Pacific NW.

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

Smell (25%): Blend of resinous tropical citrus and stone fruit. As the beer warms up, it becomes more citrus-dominant. Complementing malt backbone. backbone. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose. Initially a resinous-tropical mix, it becomes slightly more tropical-forward as the beer warms up a tad. Some citrus orange flavors continue into the aftertaste, but mostly a pilsner-like malt leaves me wanting more flavor at the end. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied; some carbonation. Very juicy with trace dry tongue. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): An excellent Double IPA. Since I've enjoyed beers from both breweries in the past, it was a no-brainer buying this collab. They came through with this refreshing Double IPA that drank easier than its stated 8% ABV. While I would have liked a bit more citrus punch overall, I'm pleased with this. 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.288/5

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