Hellboy (Blood Queen)
Gigantic Brewing Company
A Note on This Beer
[On our Sour Scale, this beer ranks 1 out of 5: Tangy Tickle.]
If you’re not among the hordes of comics fans already rushing to snag the latest Hellboy series* beer from Portland’s Gigantic Brewing, you’ll be after this Cranberry Yuzu Sour Ale for its distinctive flavor profile alone.
Squeezed full of grapefruit-limey Japanese Yuzu citrus and tangy cranberry juice, Hellboy: Blood Queen drips with zingy fruit and surprising touches of pine. Drink it alone if you want to savor these flavors as much as possible — as soon as anyone gets a glimpse of the reddish-orange Blood Queen, they won’t leave you alone until they’ve stolen a sip!
And forget taking this one to your bottle share club. Those beer geeks will be well aware of just how rare this 6.66% ABV Cranberry Yuzu Sour is!
And if they aren’t, a quick Untappd search reveals that only weaker-ABV Sours from New York’s Finback Brewery and Tokyo’s DevilCraft can even come close to the juicy and mildly earthy flavors of the Blood Queen.
Either way you decide to drink it, you’re among the few people beyond the West Coast to get access to Hellboy: Blood Queen. And we only managed to seize a small handful of the 666 cases that were brewed!
Wait too long on this citrusy sipper, and your only hope will be to call up the World Beer Cup Award-winners at Gigantic and somehow convince them to partner up with Dark Horse Comics again to repeat the Hellboy Series. That, or try to find another beloved dark comic book series that’s celebrating its 25thAnniversary with an awesome new beer lineup.
Or you could just save yourself all that trouble and snag a bottle of Blood Queen now.
Where will you be when all the other craft fiends start planning frantic trips to West Coast bottle shops or throwing cranberry juice into non-Yuzu Sour Ales out of desperation? Why, you’ll be sitting happily at home, kicking back with your refreshing Gigantic brew!
*As the fifth installment of Gigantic’s Hellboy Beer Series, Blood Queen is a limited collector’s item featuring custom bottle art by award-winning Hellboy cartoonist, Mike Mignola. Even Portland locals were limited to just two bottles each on release day!
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