McMenamins Beer (All Years) — photo 2 of 140: A pint of 33rd State IPA that I had with dinner at the Old St. Francis Pub, one of five venues for eating and drinking on the McMenamins Old St. Francis School property in Bend, Oregon. According to the brewer:
“Welcome the first-ever company-wide spring seasonal IPA from McMenamins! Yes, you heard it here first: we’ve chosen our first-ever spring seasonal IPA, 33rd State IPA — chock full of flavors and aromas of pine, tropical fruit and berries. It’s a testament to the game-changing hops of the Pacific Northwest; we crafted this using Mosaic, Cascade, Citra and Chinook. A light straw color makes way for aromas of grapefruit, mixed berries and fresh pine, thanks to a thorough dry-hopping. A medium body welcomes a bready sweet­ness and flavors of citrus and tropical fruit. The finish is crisp, with an adequate bitterness. 33rd State took second place (out of 107) in Willamette Week’s 2018 Blind IPA Tasting. Ask about it on tap this spring, and raise a pint to the institution that is the Pacific Northwest IPA.” Measurements: 7.0% ABV • 51 IBU
My notes from that day read: “A fairly fruity IPA ... I’m not a big fan of IPAs, but the ones I like best are the bitter IPAs rather than the fruity ones ... I would not get this again.” March 2018. Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 12-100mm f/4.0 zoom lens.
For further details about the story behind this photo, see the related article One Hundred McMenamins Beers and Counting.
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