18th Street Brewery Temporal Purgatory American Pale Ale (5.9% ABV)
Pour: 12oz can into a snifter
Appearance: Pours a deep reddish-gold with about an inch of fizzy, off-white head that persists. Good edging and lacing. Slightly cloudy when held up to direct light.
Aroma: Fruity hops all the way – heavy apricot backed with citrus. This smells wonderful.
Taste: Almost as good as they nose. This is a very sweet, juicy APA, with lots of citrus and tropical notes up front and through the middle. Very clean finish with just a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-to-heavy bodied (especially for an APA). Lightly carbonated. Definitely coats the tongue.
So for our third and final (at least until either more of their beers make it to South Bend or I trek on over to Hammond), we take a taste of their Temporal Purgatory Session APA. Usually calling something a ‘session’ beer implies that it’s basically a lawnmower beer – low in ABV, but also severely lacking in taste. That’s definitely not the case with Temporal Purgatory, though. This beer has some serious balls.
It all starts with the beer’s combination of Chinook and Mosaic hops. The Mosaic, known for its tropical and citrusy characteristics, tends to dominate both the nose and the flavor profile. It’s also high in alpha acids, which are responsible for adding bitterness to a beer. Chinook hops tend to be more piney and spicy so their influence on the beer seems a bit subtler, possibly just adding a bit of bitterness and tempering some of the fruitiness/sweetness of the Mosaic hops.
All told, Temporal Purgatory is a wonderfully tasty, juicy APA that impresses me just as much as the other two 18th Street beers that I’ve tried. As far as their IPAs, I may like the Jade slightly more, but I would just as happily drink either of them again.