Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Fulton 300 Review

Name: Fulton 300
Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.9%
IBUs: 74

It's always an exciting time when a local brewery issues a new release and today I got a new offering from Fulton Brewery called 300, which is a Mosaic Hop IPA, which I'm pretty sure is the only hop used in this beer. I've mentioned before that Mosaic hops are one of my favorite hop varieties and, according to Fulton, are very hard to obtain.

You're probably wondering why it's called 300, and it's not because the brewers are fans of the testosterone-oozing-from-the-pores movie of the same name. Rather because it refers to the original batch number of which this beer was made. It was also incredibly popular with beer-lovers when it was first released, which would explain why it's now a year-round offering from Fulton.

Appearance - Hazy dark orange color with a high amount of visible carbonation. The head is pretty thin for the most part but the retention is quite good and the lacing is also rather plentiful.

Aroma - Citrus, mango and tangerine notes with some pale malt and toffee sweetness. I can most certainly smell the Mosaic hops in here!

Taste - Citrus and tangerine notes upfront with some mango sweetness in the middle. Towards the back is where I'm getting some hefty toffee maltiness with some light bitter notes along with more of that citra sweetness.

If you like Mosaic-hopped IPAs, then this is essentially a love letter to fans of the style. The Mosaic hop is utilized wonderfully here, the flavor profile is showcased in an almost perfect way and it's easy to see why people love this beer. 300 isn't the most complex beer by any stretch of the imagination but it's certainly a very robust one at that.

You know, despite the growth we've had here in Minnesota these past few years, I still feel that we don't have our own "Zombie Dust" or "Heady Topper" that people across the country will actively seek out with the exception of maybe Surly. That said, I can see 300 becoming a very highly sought after beer not just in Minnesota but across the country at large.

Fulton 300 - 9.25/10

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