Tasting: July 16, 2011
Style: Double IPA
It’s been somewhat of a weekend of beer disappointment. On the way back from a family vacation in Lancaster, PA, we made a short detour off Route 78 to stop into Shangy’s. I was hoping to find some Big Eye or Sculpin from Ballast Point but no luck. When I arrived home, I wondered when Founder’s Devil Dancer would hit the shelves. I called the Wine Depot in Totowa to see if my allotment had arrived — only to find that somehow they screwed up and didn’t distribute to anyone on the waiting list — huh? A few other phone calls yielded the same result — ouch.
I did come home from Shangy’s with a case of bombers of this beer, as well as a variety case of Bell’s. This one caught my eye because of the pedigree — this California brewery also makes the Lost Abbey line of beers. This one promises to be a hop forward monster — and we’ll see about those claims. Mongo comes from the name of a kitten that lived in the brewery that died at 10 months old. Also from the label, 8.5% ABV and an O.G or 1.080 (high density).
The pour is bright yellow — some floaty bits swirling in this cloudy beer. The head is a tough white pillow. Looks like I’ll have to chew through the head to get at the first sip. Lots of grapefruit on the nose. The taste delivers as advertised. Very viscous, hop forward brew. It doesn’t list any IBU, but I’ll guess 90 – 95. Lots of grapefruit, mango and dense pine hop flavors anchored on the finish by some sweetness of malt. I’ll note some really nice stickiness from the hop resin and a nice coating in the mouthfeel. This one has west coast IPA written all over it. I really love it and the disappointment of what I couldn’t have disappears with what I can have…easy 92 points from me.