Tasting: April 12, 2014
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 528
In my last post, I mentioned some of the ugliness that surrounds the release of limited beer like Kentucky Breakfast Stout. In fairness, I have met some great people through a shared passion for craft beer. A month or so ago, a co-worker thought that I would hit it off with a guy he knew – Mike. Mike and I exchanged a few texts about what we were drinking and we had the chance to meet this past week to talk beer. Mike’s brother had just returned from a trip to Colorado and he hooked me up with this bottle of Myrcenary and a bottle of Odell IPA.
Named for Myrcene, a component of essential oils found in a number of plants including thyme, cannabis, and hops. It is notably used in the perfume industry and has a sedative quality. Myrcenary is brewed with a blend of hops containing the highest levels of Myrcene.
Myrcenary has a rich reddish color on the pour and just moments after this beer hits my palate, I can tell this is an outstanding double IPA. The mouthfeel is amazingly hits rich – syrupy. No carbonation to speak of. Brilliant with crisp citrus that I’ll describe as orange rind but not overpoweringly bitter. Has a wonderful sweet base of honey and fresh tropical fruit. This might be a good time to mention that Myrcenary has an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 9.3%. Reminds me an awful lot of Bell’s Hopslam and I’ll match Myrcenary at the same 96 points. An absolute beauty. Unfortunately for us New Jersey craft beer enthusiasts – you’ll have to make a Colorado connection to enjoy this beauty.