This specialty craft beer was a collaboration between Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom in Hood River, OR and Fort George Brewery of Astoria, OR.

Double Mountain Brewing Company was established in 2007 in the heart of downtown Hood River, OR. Meanwhile, down in the heart of Astoria, Oregon, Fort George Brewery got busy crafting their own original beers that same year.

10 years after being founded, these unlikely partners, although separated by 150 miles, are united by the fact that they both brew on the Columbia river, collaborating to create River Runs Through: Hop Shake IPA.

“Grambrinus pilsner malt, flaked oats and carahell 55 malt in the grist met up with three hop doses in the kettle, including larger late additions and Eldorado and Azacca as dry hops. An ESB yeast helps the malt stay front and center. Lactose is added in the boil to round out the balance, and keep things smooth and juicy.” -Double Mountain Brewery

Originally released for the 30th annual Oregon Brewers Festival, this may not have won any awards that week, but it has definitely won my heart. It’s hard for IPAs, such a crowded marketplace, but this one stands out among the best.

A gorgeous, light hazy golden amber with thick and course white head that leaves moderate lacing. The aroma is enticing, with citrus, tropical fruits and guava amongst the caramel and pale malts.

The aroma prepares you well for the taste. Lemony, citrusy, and moderate sweetness with a light, lingering bitter flavor. Pale, light caramel malt, citrus, tropical fruits, and the slightest hint of stone fruits and lactose.

Light to medium bodied with an excellent, almost creamy mouth feel. Finishes crisp and moderately acidic. Fantastic IPA offering from these two talented breweries. If I find myself in the Pacific Northwest, I now know what to look for first.

 

Originally released for the 30th annual Oregon Brewers Festival, this may not have won any awards that week, but it has definitely won my heart. Click through for the full beer review.
Andrij Harasewych
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