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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Beer Review | Confluence Brewing Extinction Event Nelson Sauvin and El Dorado

BEER: Confluence Brewing Extinction Event with Nelson Sauvin and El Dorado Hops
ABV: 6.2%

This is the fourth installment of what Confluence calls an "ever-evolving answer to the shifting landscape of IPAs." The difference in each, the combination of hops involved. I've been lucky enough to sample three of the four beers this Summer and finally got around to writing a review.

When I first started this blog it was near the end of the year, so, naturally I compiled a handful of Top 10 lists to get things going. Easily, the brewery I heard the most feedback from was Confluence. In terms of being left off the list, at least.

The Extinction Event series is just the type of thing that puts a brewery back on any Iowa beer Top 10 list. It's keeping up with the changing landscape of the craft beer scene and doing it well. Since the Spring release of Extinction with Citra and Huell Melon hops, the base has gotten better each time. Proving practice does make perfect.

With the malts and yeast all playing nicely together, each new addition to the series becomes about the shining star, the hops. The Nelson here is pleasant but subdued a bit. Especially on the nose. It's a soft hop, in terms of flavor and pairing its white grape-like taste with the pineapple and mango notes of the El Dorado is an interesting choice. It works.

Now that the Extinction series is growing in volumes, you'll find folks will have their favorites. The prior Bravo, Citra and Simcoe or Columbus, Galaxy and Mosaic might be that and for me too. But, for $10.99 a four pack of 16 ounce cans, this beer, and series really, is a steal.

OVERALL: 4.25 bottle caps (out of five)

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