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Trap Door’s delicious hazy IPA - Tang

Trap Door Brewing calls Vancouver, Washington home. The brewery, which is right on the border of Washington and Oregon and near Portland, has a second location just 18 miles east, in Washougal, which is also on the Columbia River.

They do a lot…and I mean a LOOOOT of IPAs and pale ales, which is what they have become known for. And last year people definitely began to take notice, as Trap Door won 11 medals in 2023, including five at the Washington Beer Awards and a bronze at GABF.

Today I was able to get myself one of those IPAs they do so well - Tang.

Tang is a hazy IPA brewed with a ton of Mosaic hops and then a nice backing of El Dorado for good measure. It’s got a solid 6.8% ABV and I was able to buy my 16-ounce can for about $7 but I’m sure it can be found cheaper in the PNW and at the brewery.

This New England-style IPA poured a hazy, but very bright, orangey straw color with about two fingers of eggshell white foam building up. The head was a bit airy and fizzled down to a thin ring around the side of the glass within a few moments. As it did so, it left some moderate lacing along the sides.

The aroma was sweet and tropical with plenty of fruits coming through. Grapefruit and tangerine led the way but there were also hints of pineapple, lemon, guava, and mango as well. The oats and flaked wheat added a soft base to the brew but were hidden in the aroma.

Each sip begins with a pillowy soft mouthfeel. And crawling out of that thicker beginning was a massive juicy burst of tangerine that was accompanied by grapefruit and pineapple. It certainly lived up to its namesake early on, but without the tangy, sour aspect of actual Tang.

The other tropical fruits - guava, mango, and lemon - were not nearly as prevalent in the taste as they were in the aroma. Every so often they would sneak their way in, joining the other juicy orange flavors.

The grist made a brief appearance towards the end of taste, with some cereal-like sweetness that complimented the gross very well.

Tang finished very, very, very cleanly. There was absolutely no hoppy bitterness to this brew but there was a bit of sweeter, pithy bitterness from the hefty dose of grapefruit. That grapefruit resin also left some slightly sticky notes but, outside of that, it was a very juicy and fruity finish…making this brew insanely crushable.

Trap Door made an absolutely fantastic hazy IPA here. Super juicy, super crushable, super worth it. If you can get your hands on this beer…do it.

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