Friday, August 7, 2020

Fort George Suicide Squeeze IPA (REVISITED)

(Review - July 2016)

Beer Name: Suicide Squeeze
Brewery: Fort George Brewery (Astoria, OR) in collaboration with Suicide Squeeze Records.
ABV: 7.2%

How sold: 12 oz cans; 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Unknown
Price: Unknown, gift from a friend

Date Canned: May 4, 2020
Date Drank: July 4, 2020
When brewed? Year-round beer. I also reviewed Suicide Squeeze in July 2016. I'm not sure if it was the same one I had in 2016.

What's on the Website: "In 2014 we released an entirely different IPA, a session with a similar name. Collaborating once again with Seattle's Suicide Squeeze Records, the brewery has remastered the recipe in a big, big way. Artfully mixed like a 7" vinyl, Suicide Squeeze pops with Mosaic, Amarillo, and Citra hops. The can artwork is by Seattle-based artist Jesse LeDoux, who won a Grammy for an album cover design for The Shins' 'Chutes to Narrow.' Suicide Squeeze cans are color changing - the snake is green when cold, fading to gold as it warms while the red snake accents and building logo fades to gold as well."

Hops: Mosaic, Amarillo, Citra.

Where distributed: Fort George generally distributes just in the Pacific Northwest.

Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. Frothy white head, some lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Balanced malt, citrus grapefruit, and hops. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): More of a malty citrus-stone fruit experience from start to finish. Hibiscus complements and doesn't overwhelm, but it's definitely there. Citrus continues into the aftertaste. Has the bitter-tart vibe going here. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-full bodied, good carbonation. Some dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. Perhaps I overthought it the last time I had this, since I did not try their 2014 session brew. This is a solid, straightforward West Coast-style IPA, yet not too in-your-face with the hops. Tasty and well-made. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.475/5

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