Editor’s Note: Today is day eight in our Twelve Days of Christmas series on Pints and Steins – where we’ll be letting you know about a winter beer every day between now and Christmas Eve.
On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, High Voltage IPA from Gigantic Brewing!
Gigantic Brewing is one of the newer breweries in Portland and hails from inner South East, just east of the Willamette River between the Ross Island and Sellwood bridges. The company is proud of their Gigantic IPA and seasonal beers that are made by the small team.
Today we look at High Voltage IPA, which is a blend of Mosaic, Citra and Cascade hops, which, according to the label, is balanced with Crystal Malt.
High Voltage pours quite dark for an IPA – it’s barely clear and is a dark coppery amber color. It leaves no head whatsoever and hardly any lacing – meaning this beer is watery and light. Your nose picks up on hints of tropical fruit, spice and a little bit of citrus.
How does it taste?
High Voltage IPA starts out quite fruity and is quickly replaced with a roasty malt and a bit of a toffee taste. This ale is ridiculously dry throughout and the taste profile definitely matches the smells.
This beer is super flavorful but not overpowering. The trio of malts produce a taste that’s refreshing and fulfilling at the same time.
Should I buy it?
Yes. Without question. This is my second favorite beer of this twelve day series behind Ecliptic’s Filament Winter IPA.