Saturday, December 14, 2019

Moonraker Brewing Simcoe Strata Double IPA

Beer Name: Simcoe Strata
Brewery: Moonraker Brewing (Auburn, CA)
ABV: 8.5%

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 25, 2019
Date Purchased: August 24, 2019
Date Drank: September 26, 2019
When brewed? Limited-time/rotating beer. Part of their Crushable Series.

Hops: Simcoe, Strata.

Where distributed: Moonraker Brewing distributes to select states, including California and Oregon. They also do rotating can releases, announced on their website.

Appearance (5%): Pours hazy light orange into a pint glass. Unfiltered, lots of sediment at the bottom of the can. White head, excellent lacing. 4.75/5

Smell (25%): Mix of creamy tropical stone fruit and wheaty/oaty malts. Probably at least 65-35 malt to tropical. 4/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose to start, then a wave of citrus and other tropical. Aftertaste again has balanced citrus and creamy oaty malts. 4/5

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

Overall (20%): An awesome IPA. I hoped for more citrus to hit on this one, but the wheaty and oaty malts tend to take center stage. However, it drinks very easy for 8.5%, staying true to the crushable series. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.088/5

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