Zwickel Mania Collab West Coast IPA
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

Zwickel Mania Collab West Coast IPAZwickel Mania Collab West Coast IPA
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Style:
American IPA
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6.9%
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4.27 | pDev: 0%
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Zwickel Mania Collab West Coast IPAZwickel Mania Collab West Coast IPA
Notes: For the first time, 37 breweries from across the state have teamed up to craft a Zwickelmania beer. Collab West Coast IPA is a 500ml, limited-run bottled beer that will only be available for purchase at participating breweries starting on Zwickelmania. Proceeds from sales of the beer benefit the Oregon Brewers Guild, which supports breweries, suppliers, education and collaboration.
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4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 500 ml/1 pt. 0.9 oz pry-off bottle to a teku (Highland Park kitty kitty meow meow). This is supposed to have a bottling date on it, at the bottom-left corner of the label, but it’s not on this one. I remember it being on other bottles in the cooler at Breakside when I bought this, and that it was … 02/11, maybe? Definitely in that range. If that’s the case, that would make this beer a bit under three weeks old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.25): This pours out a solid three and a half fingers of tight-grained, whipped foam (meringue-like) just off-white in color, capping a crystal-clear body that’s a rich honey color, darker than gold with deep, burnt orange undertones. The head dies down slowly, leaving a web of tight lacing that eventually breaks apart into wide, chunky legs of lacing composed of micro-fine bubbles. This is gorgeous, and striking for the West Coast style.

Smell (4.0): Three things jump out at me immediately: rich orange flesh showing off some hops, a subtle and dry toffee aroma betraying some malt, and a mineral note weaving in between and around everything else. A bevy of floral tones (and maybe … blueberry skins?) mix with a light shot of lime zest, but it’s blended with a set of malt/grain aromas that brings to mind fresh-baked multigrain boule, very subtle toffee, and lightly toasted biscuits. Finally, that mineral tone brings out a new dimension in the floral note mentioned earlier.

Taste (4.25): Whoa, this rings true to style—West Coast through and through, and at that it reminds me most of “old school” West Coast (D)IPAs like Pliny (vs. the type that puts more emphasis on dry-hopping than kettle hopping, like Alpine). This strikes the palate immediately with a clean, dry blast of bitterness that lays down suppressing fire in the form of navel orange zest, pink grapefruit pith and tart grapefruit juice, anchored with a dank, herbal bitterness that brings resin, ganja, and pine. There is, however, a nice mélange of fruit flavors kind of hiding behind that stout bitterness, though, characterized by white grape, cranberry, a subtle tangerine flavor, and of course pink grapefruit. The malt/grain bill pokes its head in here and there, leaving behind nutty traces of toffee, something like rye, and a nice, rich but dry barley soup-like earthiness. Finally, that mineral tone kind of emanates from the pithy bitterness, and weaves in and out of the malt and hops. No sign of alcohol, fitting its size and the style.

Mouthfeel (5.0): This is perfect, for the style. Carbonation is soft and fluffy coming in, dissolving into a nice, slick, velvety feel that buoys the dryness of the hops. Those, in turn, stop just short of tongue-scraping, lightening the malt body with a gentle astringency. Overall it finishes quite dry but soft, without parching whatsoever. Roughly medium-weight. Very drinkable, but with enough character to keep you from blowing through it.

Overall (4.25): It feels like when I do have West Coast (D)IPAs these days, they’re not the kind of old-school alpha monster that I become accustomed to ten years ago. I’m not necessarily complaining about that, but when you have a well-constructed example of that strain, it does stick out. What sets this apart from other great West Coast IPAs is a nicely varied set of malt flavors, showing beautiful, earthy tones without any sense of notable sweetness. Maybe the ingredients are just top-notch, but it feels like the recipe was well-crafted as well, and that’s what really stands out. Not sure if they will make this again, but if they do, I’d recommend it for someone looking for a great West Coast IPA that shows the marks of deep contemplation and restraint in the recipe and brewing process.

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4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One thing that I can't image need being disputed is this beers beauty. Perfection. Polished 24k gold with crystal clarity. Tiny bubbles uniformly travel upwards to support a picturesque coarse and rocky off-white foam above. It takes its time to settle into a smooth and complete coverage with ring after ring of spotty lacing. A perfect reminder of how many, or few, sips it took to enjoy.

And the fun doesn't stop there as this thing has a smorgasbord of pleasant aromas. The classics of grapefruit zest and sappy, wet pine are greeted with orange juice, weed, and lemon. Dusty crushed grain and a drizzle of caramel represent the simple and refined malt bill.

These aromas are hesitant to display themselves on the tongue, however. A more simplified experience showcases the bitter citrus peel, earthy and dried pine needles, powdery orange candy (like Pixie Stix), and just a hint of caramel.

But a swing back in the right direction brings this beer back on Pace with is clean, light feel, crisp carbonation, and sharp bitter bite. The lack of balance is welcomed here, as this only has the minimum requirement for sweetness.

Overall, a very enjoyable IPA. Would gladly enjoy this extensively, given the opportunity. Unfortunately, it's a one and done. Fortunately, all the great breweries involved continue to supply delicious offerings like this.

Cheers

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Zwickel Mania Collab West Coast IPA from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 2 ratings