(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orange body with a beige bubble cream head that last and last with a sea of microbubbles swirling around pushing to the surface.
S- The fruity green hops aroma is not juicy but has a great dry tropical fruit aroma to it with a bright full hops flavor of unripe pineapple.
T- The mellow hops flavor has a leafy green hop flavor with some more unripe pineapple and a hint of sweetness to follow. The yeast esters are just a hint and blend with the fruity flavors of the hops. There is a bitter green hop note that lingers.
M- The medium mouthfeel has an alcohol warmth that compliments the hops flavors in the finish.
O- The nice full hops flavors have some good support from the yeast even though it is a bit hidden. The hops are bright and dry without being juicy which gives a nice twist on the flavor. Very sessionable.
Served In: Tulip
22 oz bottle I finally tracked down at Hop City in Atlanta. Served up in a tulip.
A: Very nice looking. Pours up a golden yellow body with a light amber hue to it. Held to the light, it comes out as a vibrant golden yellow. The body is mostly clear with just a slight haze to it. Bubbles are clinging to the glass and moving around in there. The pour got me almost two fingers of pristine white head. Sadly it falls pretty quickly, but it falls to a pretty much complete top cap. Streaks of lace stick all over the glass.
S: Aroma starts off with a lot of grapefruit presence. This moves to some earthy hop presence as well. Getting a really nice grass and wet hay presence. Touch of peppery spice and what may be coriander. Just a bit of sweetness is coming out from the pale malts. Things round off with some pine.
T: Pretty much mirrors the nose. Grapefruit really starts things off with some citrus sweetness and bitterness. As it warms, the earthy notes come out some more with some grass, floral notes, and pine. Peppery spice makes an appearance. Bready malt presence that has just a touch of sweetness to it. Things round off just a tease of barnyard funkiness. The only draw back to this flavor comes from the intensity of the grapefruit. From time to time, the grapefruit comes across as the rind and skin. This becomes so bitter at times that is almost medicinal. This only happens occasionally, so not that big of a deal.
M: Medium bodied beer with a medium to high carbonation. This beer is mostly crisp and dry, but it does come across sticky sweet from time to time. Alcohol is warming but it is nicely hidden. Aftertaste is all grapefruit.
OA: I have been waiting on this beer for quite a while and it did not disappoint. I did not read any reviews or info on it because I wanted to be completely open minded and making my own observations. This is basically an IPA with a twist, but that twist is enough to keep the flavors interesting and new. Very good and I can't wait to get my hands on some more (especially at the always awesome Lagunitas price point). Two thumbs up.
Served In: Tulip
Pours a clear brilliant golden with a good head of a finger or two made up of tiny bubbles. The head settles after a couple minutes and leaves a layer of lace coating the walls of the glass and a bit floating on top of the brew.
Fruity hops are most apparent with plenty of juicy grapefruit, lemon and a touch of pine. Lots of bubble gum and a hint of wheat malt. Nice smooth sweetness in the background with just a hint of caramel.
Smooth caramel malt with a touch of wheat and then the hops really come through. Lots of bubble gum and fresh citrus. So juicy and fresh it's almost like a wet hopped brew. Reminds me a lot of the flavors in Surly Wet really. Not really noticing much of the Westmalle yeast strain. Tastes very much like last years Little Sumpin' Extra.
Super smooth and easy to drink with a fine bubbly carbonation. Fresh this beer is great and theres no sign of the 8.85% ABV. The 72.51 IBUs are very apparent though.
Price: $4.99 Served In: Snifter
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