This is usually my favorite week of the year. Every year on the weekend before Thanksgiving I take a trip to Vermont with my college buddies, we’ve been doing this trip since we were in school and it now involves a stop at Hill Farmstead. Later in the week I would be headed up to Maine with the family to visit my parents, a trip that would also involve multiple brewery stops, usually lunch at Gritty McDuff’s or Sebago, plus visits to places like Maine Beer Company, Barreled Souls, Bissell Brothers, or the variety of breweries on Industrial Way and East Bayside in Portland. Needless to say, all of these trips are cancelled this year. Instead I am home all week, but I plan on enjoying local beers from around New England, and hopefully making a stop or two at local breweries for beer-to-go. One brewery that I have frequently stopped at on my trips to Maine is Foundation Brewing in Portland, and I recently grabbed some of their beer at a local bottle shop, including their Thanksgiving IPA Gobble Gobble. Foundation Gobble Gobble is brewed with loads of Citra hops along with some tangerine, and is available this time of year on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Foundation Gobble Gobble pours cloudy light orange with a solid white head. The aroma features a pungent burst of hops, heavy on the citrus. The flavor is also very hop forward, notes of lemon/lime, grapefruit, and mango along with just a touch of bitterness. The tangerine melds right in, if I didn’t know it was added I would have just assumed it was part of the hop flavor. A mild malt backbone adds some balance along with hints of cereal and crackers. Gobble Gobble is light and easy-drinking, not overly boozy at 6.5% ABV. The finish is crisp with some lingering hop flavor. While I probably won’t drink IPA with my Thanksgiving meal, I usually go for saison with the turkey, this will be perfect for afterwards (or even while I am cooking)! Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.