Beer Name: Vega IPA #6
Brewery: Ecliptic Brewing (Portland, OR)
How sold: 4-packs of 16 oz. tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Unknown
Price: Unknown, gift from a friend
Date Canned: March 20, 2020(?)
Date Drank: June 12, 2020
When brewed? Limited-time or rotating beer. Based on what the bottom of the can says, it is likely the sixth IPA in the series.
What's on the Can: "Vega IPA is an experimental hop playground for our curious and creative brewers to continuously source new and unique hops. Exploring the boundaries of the IPA style, the result is a fresh and distinctly different IPA with each new release. The batch number of Vega IPA is printed on the bottom of the can and the keg collar."
The bottom of the can also confirms there are Vic Secret, Strata, and Galaxy hops, with 6.5% ABV. That is most consistent with the #6 beer in the series.
Where distributed: Ecliptic Brewing distributes to select states. They have allowed Bruisin' Ales to ship Ecliptic's beer to virtually all U.S. states.
REVIEW:Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. White head, trace lacing. 4.25/5
Smell (25%): Hoppy-piney-malty citrus-grapefruit, maybe some lemon. Certainly West Coast influence, but a more balanced feel. Aroma is there but will not hit you hard in the face. 4.25/5
Taste (40%): Mostly follows the nose. Blend of hoppy piney grapefruit up front, with the malt backbone coming in immediately afterward. Citrus continues strong into the aftertaste. Might feel more than its stated 45 IBU for some people. 4.25/5
Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-full bodied, good carbonation. Sticky with some dry tongue. 4.25/5
Overall (20%): An excellent IPA. Sure, at the end of the day, it's another West Coast IPA. But it's done very well, with proper balance and wonderful flavors. I would definitely get this one again. 4.25/5
Final Weighted Rating: 4.25/5