Friday, January 24, 2020

Narrow Gauge Brewing Double Dry Hopped Cloud City IPA

Beer Name: DDH Cloud City
Brewery: Narrow Gauge Brewing Company (Florissant, MO)
ABV: 7.0%

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

Date Canned: August 12, 2019
Date Purchased: August 31, 2019
Date Drank: October 22, 2019
When brewed? Probably a rotating beer.
IBU: 55

What's on the Website: "Cloud City with an additional dry hop of Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy. and El Dorado."

(FYI, Cloud City is their more standard New England-Style IPA, single dry hopped with Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy. and El Dorado. Same 7% ABV, but just 50 IBU.)

Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, El Dorado.

Where distributed: Narrow Gauge Brewing usually does not distribute and only sells at their Missouri breweries. For it to get to Portland, someone must have cut a damn good deal or done serious grunt work.

Appearance (5%): Pours hazy light golden into a pint glass. Unfiltered, lots of sediment at the bottom of the can. Frothy white head, good lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Resinous tropical pineapple and stone fruit, with complementing oaty/wheat malts. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose. Slight dank and malt forward, then a burst of pineapple and other citrus. Tropical continues into the aftertaste. Good flavor and very drinkable. 4.5/5

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

Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. My first Narrow Gauge beer, which I naturally let sit in the fridge for almost two months due to laziness. I liked the pleasant resinous pineapple experience here, wonderful body with satisfying flavor. This sets a high standard for future Narrow Gauge beers I have. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.5/5

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