Review - Oskar Blues Brewery's Gordon
"Gordon is a dry-hopped hybrid strong ale somewhere between a Double IPA and and Imperial Amber Ale (IAA). Brewed in tribute to the late Gordon Knight, Gordon is brewed with massive amounts of American hops and features about 85 IBUs and 8.7% alcohol by volume. Once a winter seasonal, Gordon is now a year-round, limited-supply offering." -- Oskar Blues Brewery
Gordon pours a medium amber color with a nice, thick white head over a mostly still, clear body. Decent lacing remains. Aroma is of spruce hop notes, likened to spray Christmas tree scent, and subtle malt notes that play merely a supporting role here to the hops. Initial taste is front loaded with hops, impressing an amazingly balanced palate considering the 85 ibus. The finish provides a nice, gentle hop taste with an equal dose of maltiness. Medium bodied, it leaves us with a very dry mouthfeel from the hop finish, and it has a creamy texture that gives this beer an excellent finishing characteristic.
Reviewed on August 25th, 2007.