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Happy Star Wars Day and May the Fourth (and the Force) be with you!  I’d originally planned something a bit more epic for today, but an insanely busy work week made me have to put that idea on the shelf for next year.  Luckily I had a pretty epic beer to help save the day! I’ll admit that it’s a bit of a tangent, but it’s what I’ve got.

Beer Name: Pew Pew Pew

Brewery: Aslin Beer Company (Hendon, VA)

Style: Triple IPA

ABV: 12.8%

Description: According to the brewers, this huge triple IPA was brewed using “copious” amounts of their favorite hops: Citra, Mosaic, and Galaxy.

Appearance: Served on draft, it arrived with a somewhat cloudy, golden/orange-amber body topped by a bubbly white head.

Smell: Sticky sweet, with some warm resiny bitterness on the end.

Taste: Huge pineapple/tropical fruit taste that blended smoothly into piney, resinous hops and a solid sweet malt base.  The finish had a bit of heat from the alcohol, but on the whole this was dangerously drinkable given the ABV.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy body with below-moderate carbonation.

Hype: Other than seeing a cool name and thinking I’ve heard good things about the brewery I did not know much of anything about this brew going in.

Overall: Loved this!  There was an excellent blend of sweetness between the fruity opening and steady malt base that combined perfectly with the not-quite aggressive bitterness.  Amazing balance going on here that made this way too easy to drink for such a potent beverage. I’ll be keeping my eyes out for this one (as well as anything else the brewery may have out my way).

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