McMenamins just introduced its Sunflower IPA into cans for the first time, one of the few beers that has made it into (occasional) packaged rotation in the form of bottles in the past. Like the first round of cans, these are pounders, 16 ounces each, and earlier this week I was offered the chance to pick up a four-pack. I swung by my local, the Old St. Francis School, today to pick up the cans and chat with brewer Mike “Curly” White.
I really like the label (okay, the face is a little creepy); among other things that McMenamins does well, design is high on the list. I don’t know what hops this specific batch of of Sunflower IPA contains (nor did Curly), but here’s a description of the beer overall that I pulled from the website:
McMenamins Sunflower IPA was first introduced in the summer of 1995 at our West Linn Brewery. Inspired by the bountiful sunflowers grown in the pub’s beer garden, our IPA has a deep golden color and distinct citrus flavors that satisfy both the diehard IPA drinker and those who prefer a lighter palate. Sunflower IPA is truly a beer for the masses.
Special Techniques: Dry-Hopped with Bullion
Malts: Superior Pilsen, Rolled Oats, Crystal 15, Rice Hulls
Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Horizon, Bullion
Calories: 238 Carbohydrates: 19.4
OG: 1.056 TG: 1.005 ABV: 6.58 IBU: 36 SRM: 4
I’m pretty sure the IBUs for this beer (brewed at the Edgefield) are higher than 36… let’s hope that is a typo!