Nothing stays popular in Portland for long without a backlash.
The PDX airport carpet—a near daily sighting for any Portlander with a Facebook or Instagram account—now evokes eye rolls. Even the noble IPA, that most Portland of beer styles, has come under attack from an aggrieved minority rebelling, apparently, against its dominion over our tongues.
Which is to say, haters are probably not going to need to taste Rogue Ale's new PDX Carpet IPA to decide they don't like it.
For the rest of us, the good news is the beer is pretty good. Not great, but tastier than Rogue's flagship Brutal IPA and immeasurably better than Rogue's other "tourist" beer, the Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale. The brewery's description—"big, citrusy hop flavor and intense hop aroma"—is mostly accurate, with a mild but fresh aroma, smooth drinkability, but lacking a bitter bite.
So, is Peak Carpet upon us? Nah. It's all in good fun.
To purchase, visit rogue.com or Rogue Ales on Concourse D.