Total Harmonic Distortion
Decibel Brewing, Bothell
Style: Double IPA
Stats: 8.6 percent ABV, 100 IBU
Available: On tap at the brewery.
My thoughts: Decibel Brewing likes to name its beers after songs, so for this one it would have been too easy to name it Happy Birthday.
Total Harmonic Distortion is a big beer that Decibel Brewing’s Corey Cook and Ben Endicott brewed to celebrate the brewery’s one-year anniversary, which they’ll be celebrating with a party at the brewery on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.
Bittered with Millennium hop extract, this double IPA is smoother than its 100 IBUs would indicate. The other hops — Citra, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook — give the beer a piney hop flavor, with the hop extract giving it a sticky hop finish that lingers, in a good way. This beer won’t wreck your palate.
Decibel will release some other unique beers for Saturday’s celebration, including a version of its Fade Out stout that has been aged a year and a barrel-aged version of its Trios Farmhouse Ale. Aged in Woodinville Whiskey rye whiskey barrels, the barrel-aged version of Trios is far different than the original, Endicott said.
“It really changed the character of the beer,” Endicott said. “It’s a little sweeter, smoother and has a nice rounded flavor.”
Last but not least, Decibel on Saturday will officially release its fresh hop IPA, In Bloom. The beer was brewed with 45 pounds of Centennial hops from Four Corners Farm outside of Yakima, and has a soft citrus flavor and slight bitter finish. It’s an easy drinker.
Endicott said the first year for Decibel has been a grand success. The brewery plans to pour beer at the upcoming Upper Left Beerfest and Snohomish Brewfest, and hopes to soon release its first beer in bottles — 22-ounce bottles of Star Leaf black IPA.
From the brewery: We brewed this intense double IPA for our upcoming one-year anniversary. Bittered with Millennium hop extract, and uses a combination of some of our favorite hops for flavor and aroma.