This is the most recent IPA from Flossmoor Station and Matt Van Wyk's last as the head brewer there. The twist off of the growler cap instantly fills the room with huge Pac NW hoppy goodness, fruity to the core. A pour straight down the center of the glass creates a cascading effect with the head much like a nitro Guinness, pretty cool. My willi glass holds a mildly hazy orange liquid that glows softly like a sunset when backlit. Three fingers of dense bone white head form and recedes to two fingers at a minimum and leaves behind intricate, super glue sticky lacing.
The smell on this IPA is insane! Huge notes of apricot, pine sap, and resinous hops inundate my nasal cavity. Other notes of citrus bring up the rear with bitter pink grapefruit and tangerine in small quantities. There isn't much of a malt backbone on this one but what's there is angel food cake-like in its minor sweetness. There's a slightly spicy alcohol presence that adds even more depth. I'll tell you what, this beer has a hop profile that will make your nose hairs stand on end and your eyes water, and it's that good!
A buzzsaw of citric hoppiness tears down the middle of my tongue leaving behind apricot, grapefruit and tangerine all in that order. It's crazy but the resinous and pine sap hoppiness attacks the sides of my tongue and leaves behind a staggering bitterness that I've fallen in love with. After the swallow my entire tongue feels trampled by the West Side bitterness. The minor malty backbone meekly comes out of hiding every once in awhile.
The body of this beast is medium and there's a nice soft feel with the active carbonation. Each drink slides through velvety smooth but fairly quick with a dryness that accentuates the bitterness. As I said up above, the bitterness invades every surface of my mouth from my gums to the back of my throat. I can feel the enamel being chewed off my teeth.
Ore-Gone is off the charts drinkable for such a potent hoppy IPA. My tongue is taking a stomping but each glass I drink disappears quicker than the last. Each spit sucking sip leaves me wanting, nay, needing more.
Well, what can I say? This is one outstanding IPA! Vishnu's Vice was one of the best I've ever had and this is right up there with it. Ore-Gone is West Coast to the core and done better than most from the Wild West. I can't give enough props to Mr. Van Wyk for his incredible brewing skills and his time at Flossmoor. We'll all hate to see you go but I wish you and your family the best of luck out west.
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