Thursday, February 20, 2020

Drekker Ectogasm Review

Name: Drekker Ectogasm
Style: India Pale Ale (NE/Hazy)
ABV: 7%
IBUs: 65

In my last article, I mentioned that certain breweries have gained a rabid following and it seems like their beers are dominating social media pages, at least on my end. Another brewery that has gained that reputation is Drekker Brewing, located in Fargo, ND. In fact, it seems that the breweries of the Fargo-Moorhead along with smaller metropolitian areas like Rochester, MN have gained a rabid following in terms of their beer offerings.

Much like Junkyard in my last article, Drekker is known specifically for their Hazy IPAs and sours. Today, I have what many consider to be Drekker’s flagship beer, which is their Ectogasm Hazy IPA. This is one of those beers that you consistently see online but the second you try and find it, it mysteriously vanishes like Sasquatch in a shaky potato-quality video posted on Youtube at 3am in the morning. Well, as we say to the God of Death: Not Today. This is because I have somehow come into possession of Ectogasm, so let’s take a look!

Appearance – Bright hazy orange color with a mild amount of visible carbonation. The head itself isn’t what I’d call foamy since it’s quite thin but it has good amount of thickness to the surface so, we’ll just call it thick. Also, there’s nothing here in terms of lacing. I know it’s been said before but this has the look and consistency of orange juice.

Aroma – Rich citrus hop and orange peel notes, along with fairly potent bitter hops and mild grapefruit notes.

Taste – The front of the palate starts off with a vibrant citrus hop and grapefruit fruitiness, while the back end gives way to a moderate bitter-piney hoppiness and mild toffee malts. The aftertaste is a mixture of that citrus and bitter hop aspect, which lingers for a moment before fading away.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It’s nice, bright and easy to drink. It’s nothing that I haven’t already seen in a Hazy IPA before but this one is most certainly worth checking out, should you come across it.

Drekker Ectogasm – 8.5/10

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