Our celebration of IPAs continues with a beer that was sent to me in the same package as the infamous Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale.
Todays IPA- Yellow Snow IPA, from Rogue Ales- was sent courtesy of Allison O'Neil, who also happens to be the wife of my buddy Brendan, who sent me the above mentioned alcoholic bacon brew.
Now, the idea of drinking a beer called "Yellow Snow", knowing it was sent to me by the same dude who sent me bacon beer, made me a bit wary, to say the least. So I researched this "Yellow Snow" beer thoroughly before I dared to take a sip.
Turns out this Yellow Snow has some serious beer stats:
2011 World Beer Championships - Gold
2010 Australian International Beer Awards—Silver
2010 Northwest Conference (Thirsty Beagle)—3rd
2010 World Beer Championships—Gold (Best of 2010)
2009 World Beer Championships—Gold (Best of 2009)
2008 New Zealand Intl. Beer Awards —Silver
So it doesn't have quite as many gold medals as Michael Phelps, but three golds at the World Beer Championships is pretty darn impressive.
Rogue Brewing, Newport, OR
70 IBU's, 7% ABV
Cara Foam, Melanoiden & Great Western 2-Row Malts; Amarillo & Perle Hops, Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.
This beer pours a clear, bright yellow orange, with a tight two fingers of slightly off white head that collapses to a solid and consistent half inch dense foam.
Smell is piney hops, strong, but not overwhelming.
Mouthfeel is full and active, almost chewy.
Taste is super, mouthpuckering bitter hops. How bitter? Bitter like "let me tell you about my ex-girlfriend from 10 years ago" bitter. The immense Grapefruit peel bite then gives way to a more piney hop taste that also punishes the palette. Finish is very dry, and- surprise!- bitter.
Overall, a very good IPA. The initial nice strong hoppy aroma doesn't at all give any hint of the abuse that your taste buds are about receive, but I didn't mind. The bitterness presents overwhelmingly clean, a real celebration of hops. Not sessionable by any means, as 70 IBU's are insane.
Recommended to those who really love IPAs.