I’m doing SXSW again at home this year, and so, just like at SXSW, I’m having a few beers. I had a couple of Hop Slams at lunch, so I thought I’d have this with dinner. I picked up a four pack of this a few weeks ago during a work trip up to Chicago. The label has some interesting artwork, so along with the name, the fact that it’s a double IPA, and I really enjoyed their Spiteful IPA , I was looking forward to this one.
Location: Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL
Numbers: 7.9% ABV, ~280 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden in color and slightly hazy. It has a fluffy white head on it that fell after a few minutes to just a thin layer covering the top. It has a citrusy and lightly piney aroma.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is smooth and lightly oily from the hops. Up front, it’s mostly citrusy hoppiness with some sweet malts detectable behind it. In the middle, the citrusy hop flavors grow quite a bit. The citrusy hop flavors dry out a bit in the finish bringing a good dose of bitterness with it. The aftertaste is a pleasant citrusy hop bitterness that lasts for a minute or two.
Food Pairing: With all of the strong citrusy hop flavors, I think it would compliment pork chops with either a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce, or a mango salsa. It would easily overtake the food, but I’d probably pair this with something tropical/beachy, such as fish tacos.
Overall Impression: I enjoyed the citrusy hop flavors in this beer, which was good, because it pretty much dominated the flavor from start to aftertaste. I think the light oiliness up front, helped carry the hop flavors throughout. There were some sweet malt flavors up front, but they quickly disappeared behind the citrusy hoppiness. Overall, I thought it was a solid IPA with a good citrus flavor that would make a great beach beer – and was perfect for me wishing I was down in Austin, TX this week.