We’re vacationing in Florida this week, and after three days at Universal Studios Florida, we’re spending the week at a condo on the beach. I stopped at a local liquor store for some beers to enjoy on the beach and this one caught my eye. The label says, “Packed with hop flavor and aroma, we double dry hopped this beer with equal parts Mosaic, Citra, and Azacca hops, for an intensely tropical profile reminiscent of tangerine, nectar, papaya, peach, kiwi, and pineapple.”
Location: Poured into a pint glass at our condo in Madeira Beach, FL.
Numbers: 6.8% ABV, 68 IBUs, ~200 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright golden in color, with a little bit of haziness. It had a decent head, which felt fairly quickly to just a ring around the edges. The aroma is very citrusy, with orange, pineapple, and papaya smells.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium, and the mouthfeel is a bit crisp from the hoppiness and carbonation. It has a little bit of oiliness from the hops as well. The flavor upfront is an orange and lemony citrus hoppiness. The bitterness kicks in during the middle and continues into the finish. The finish has a big orange, papaya citrusy hop flavor and bitterness, with the bitterness edging out the flavors. The citrusy bitterness lasts for a couple minutes in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: I paired this with a plate of nachos for lunch, and it went together quite nicely. I’d probably also try to pair this with some fish tacos to take advantage of the citrusy hoppiness.
Overall Impression: I love citrusy IPAs in the can while on the beach. While this wasn’t quite as good as the six pack of Jai Alai I also got, it was still a nice beach beer. I enjoyed the mix of citrusy hop flavors, but kind of wish it balanced more toward the hop flavors instead of bitterness. Overall, it was still a pretty good, tropical beach IPA.