Tasting: July 23, 2015
Style: Pale Ale
Beer # 993
Mosaic Dry-Hopped Fort Point
Another high reputation IPA in my hands? This must be my own summer of love. This time, a four pack comes my way by way of a friend that went north on his way to see Phish. My own supply from my June trip to Trillium’s Canton, MA location has dwindled to a single bottle of Heavy Mettle. A four pack of cans was a welcome sight and I’m thankful to be popping one open.
Days after we visited Canton, Trillium announced that all of their hop-forward beers would be packaged in cans. Since I am a can collector, I wanted to turn right around and go buy more. I like cans for more than the esthetics. There’s the obvious light elimination for hoppy beer and quick chilling aluminum. In Trillium’s case because it offers some additional value. If you do the math, two 25-ounce bottles of their Fort Point Pale Ale would sell for $16.10 while a four-pack of 16 ounce cans is now selling for $15.20. That’s 50-ounces in two bottles versus 64-ounces in four cans.
This beer has some cat pee qualities. You’d probably assume that I dumped the beer down the drain. I’m confident that the brewer didn’t use cat pee in the recipe but I know that certain hops like Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic and Simcoe are the usual cat pee hop culprits. The result is a pungent and a little acrid aroma. At first, the hops come across as a tart pear.
In conclusion, another Fort Point winner – 97 points.
My thoughts on other Fort Point variants: