Burgeon Sticky Fingers IIPA
Brewed by: Burgeon Beer Co.
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: IPA
- Variation: Imperial (Double), Fresh Hop
- Seasonal: Yes
- ABV: 8.2%
- IBU: N/A
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
We couldn’t get through this year’s fresh hop harvest without Sticky Fingers. Neither should you!
Hops: 80 pounds of fresh whole cone Mosaic hops from Washington.
Malts: 2 Row, Flaked Oats, Acidulated
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Artwork: All black can with fluorescent yellow fingerprints.
Color: Cloudy, unfiltered orange.
Aroma: Wet herbal notes with peach and mango.
Arrived in: 16 oz. Can
Served in: Specialty IPA Glass
One of our favorite beer “seasons” is the fresh hop harvest. Thanks to the increased acreage of local hop farms, beers brewed with freshly picked hops can pop up around San Diego as early as August using locally sourced lupulin, or as late as October for breweries that rely on hops grown outside the region.
Wet hop beers are rarely packaged in San Diego, so leave it to Burgeon Beer Company to up the ante with their latest installment of monthly can releases. Last weekend, they debuted 2 fresh hop beers — a hazy IPA with Citra called Seasonal Veggies, and this all Mosaic Sticky Fingers IIPA. We’d highly recommend everyone keeps an eye on this young brewery!
Sticky Fingers IIPA looked cloudy and unfiltered in the glass, but not quite as murky as our contemporary definition of “hazy.” A wispy, pure white sea-foam topper stood tall, then eventually melted down into its orange toned body.
This IPA definitely featured those trademark “wet” herbal undercurrents in the aroma, typically found in fresh hop ales. Pleasing notes of mellow peach and mango were then layered on top of the earthiness. It was hard not to take a whiff of this ale before each sip.
Flavor wise, Sticky Fingers didn’t hide its intentions whatsoever, and delivered all the bold flavors you’d expect Mosaic to pound your tastebuds with. This IPA was pre-dominantly citrus, like drinking a medley of tangerines, oranges, and grapefruit.
Near the finish a touch of mango emerged, until Sticky Fingers bittered up even more with fresh, sappy pine. And that’s what made this DIPA so enjoyable — it lived up to its namesake with the added stickiness at the end of each sip. It was uber dank, but then more resin stuck to your tongue and lingered for a second dose of hoppiness.
Sticky Fingers went down criminally easy for an 8% double IPA, with just a hint of booziness. It offered a very soft mouthfeel, helped along by a residual creamy layer of froth that lasted the entire glass. There was only a touch of sharpness, which helped accentuate its citrus forward juiciness and snappy hop bite.
Final Score: 4.5/5
Sticky Fingers was one of the best fresh hop beers AND/OR Mosaic-based beers we have ever had. It showcased both nuanced fresh hop and fruity aromas, all the while oozing alpha acids with sticky, vibrant flavors that moved the IBU needle.