This beer post is brought to you by @mo.themagnificent. If you didn’t know this, our youngest dog, Moab, goes by the nickname Momo. When Momo heard that @greatnotionpdx made a beer called Momo, he politely asked, “papa, won’t you get this beer of my namesake for me?” I said “no Momo, you aren’t even 21 in dog years!” “But dad,” he exclaimed, “surely @greatnotionpdx named it after me! Just this once?” “Momo,” I replied, “you can not have some hip hazy IPA, but I will get it and you can attempt to pose for a photo with it but not cooperate. Deal?” “Ok, sounds good papa.”
If Momo could imagine the flavors of Momo, he sure would dream of lime sorbet, fancy candles, lemon curd, French marinade, soft light, naps on fine feather pillows, zesty gelato scoops, wheatgrass shots, cantaloupe juice, bong rips with Rin Tin Tin, vitamin C smoothies and the satisfaction that your nickname is the same as a fantastic craft beer! ————————————————————————Thanks @greatnotionpdx for coincidentally naming a beer the same as we nicknamed our dog and thanks to @ripcity_brews for sending this my way.
🍺: Great Notion Brewing Co. Luminous ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📝: American IPA ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📆: 2018 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📌: Great Notion Brewing Company (Portland, OR)⠀⠀⠀⠀
💲: 5.00 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Luminous has come a long way in evolving into its “sour IPA” form since the first batch. The first batch of Luminous was a “sour IPA” in every sense of the word but the one that has put the likes of Hudson Valley on the map; it was literally acidic and tart, with a hint of bitter gritty undertones that just barely neutralized each other to provide a sense of balance and harmony between the flavor groups.
Batch two was when Luminous really started coming into its own, with the addition of vanilla beans and lactose giving it a nice smooth yoghurt-y after taste, which both complemented and highlighted the fruitier hops characters in a way we’ve come to expect from Great Notion’s IPA offerings. This was done, however, by sacrificing the “sour” contingent of the “sour IPA” as the tartness and the acidity of the blood oranges and grapefruits used in the fermentation process hardly came out in the final product—it tasted more like a fruited IPA with a smooth vanilla/yoghurt backdrop than anything else.
And here we are now, with Batch three.
Batch three picks up where Batch two left off, but with a tart/sour vengeance in mind. I’ve never thought of strawberries as being anything but sweet and watery, but Great Notion has mindfucked me into making me wonder if they were ever tart because that’s pretty much what you get straight up front: it’s like someone brought you a dish of strawberry and whipped cream on a hot Summer’s evening, but then decided to squeeze one of those lemon juice/extracts over the entire mess without you noticing. Underneath the “tart strawberries” is the same, soothing vanilla yoghurt finish that made Batch two so memorable—I bet any yoghurt flavor would work with this base beer: black cherries, apricot, blueberry, passion fruit, pineapple, etc.
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