Monday, January 2, 2012
Rogue's Portland State IPA
At first, this beer is super-clear. There are gobs of sediment in the bottom, though, that make it a bit cloudier as this brownish-amber brew wears on. It has a tall, off-white head that has large bubbles in it forming almost right away, taking their time before popping.
The nose? Hops - a mix of pleasant citrus and something that reminds me of my cat's litter... really, something rather pee-like. It's not enough to stop you in your tracks, but it's there.
The flavour? Whoa. That was unexpected. It's really orange & tangerine-y. I think the Maris Otter malt is playing a nice role in balancing things out. There's some caramel / light roast notes in there, too. It's different. There's something "luxurious" about the malt profile of it - like maple syrup without the maple, if that makes any sense (no, not just syrup).
The carbonation's a bit of a tingle on the middle of the tongue. The body's on the lighter side of medium, with a slightly sticky finish.
Overall? Nice. Not a wower, but nice.