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300

July, 2016

300

Minnesota
United States
Fulton Beer 300 West Coast IPA beer
Judges Rating: 
92
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
38 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

300 IPA by Fulton is a Mosaic hop bomb, pure and simple. From the first whiff upon opening the bottle to the final lingering aftertaste, the expression delivered by the generous use of Mosaic hops is the star of the show, and this brew could be a wonderful learning tool for those wanting to understand Mosaic hop characteristics.

The aroma is loaded with the overripe pineapple, berry, orange and grapefruit character of Mosaic hops, along with an associated thick background dankness that coats the olfactory bulb. There is a light malt sweetness behind this. The beer is golden-amber in color, has a slight haze and exhibits a solid, lusciou,s white-bubbled head with lace that lingers quite well into the drink. A very attractive IPA.

The characteristics of the aroma carry through quite well into the flavor; a moderately strong pineapple and fruity, citrusy, dank hop flavor dominates the overall impression of this moderately carbonated brew. The resiny thickness of the hop character adds to the overall body of the brew, delivering a medium-full perception. Base malt character is relatively subtle compared to the hop assault. Hop bitterness is medium to high. A light fruitiness arrives and tries to compete in the middle and finish. The finish maintains the same hop character that lingers well through the aftertaste and into the next sip. The perception of the finish is rather dry.

Overall, this brew is quite the clinic for demonstrating the use of copious quantities of Mosaic hops in a brew.

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