As I mentioned in my last post, when I reviewed the Dogfish Head 120, it’s been a super busy Saturday, and it was time for some beers. With the hoppiness from a couple of big triple IPAs still in my mouth, I thought I’d grab another hoppy beer. The weather outside is awesome, and my wife bought some bacon wrapped filet’s I’m getting ready to throw on the grill. My friend Joe just recently sent me a package with this beer in it. I like the label, so I went for it first. The label says, “We brewed this IPA with a sensational experience in mind. It is brewed with oats and wheat for a unique malt profile. We used huge additions of Citra in Simcoe hops and packaged unfiltered to deliver a distinct juicy hop haze. Inspired by the northeast, brewed in the south.”
Location: Poured from the can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6.3% ABV, 65 IBUs, 7 SRM, ~200 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s perfectly golden in color, and fairly clear, with a good bit of carbonation in it. It had a bright white, creamy head, that fell to a thin layer after a few minutes. It has a very nice, bright, fresh citrusy-grassy aroma.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium, and the mouthfeel is slightly crisp from the hops, but a little bit watery. Up front, it has a citrusy-grassy hop juiciness, and in the middle, it gets slightly sweet with a very bright, light hop juiciness. In the finish, the citrusy-grassy hop flavors come through and grow with more flavor than bitterness. However, it’s the citrusy-grassy bitterness that lasts for a brief time in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This was a bright, crisp, fresh IPA with a lot of citrusy and grassy hop flavors. Before the steak, I paired this beer with a Portillo’s cobb salad, which has chicken and pasta in it, and it went perfectly together.
Overall Impression: Maybe it was the Dogfish Head 120 and Lagunitas Waldos triple IPA that I had right before I had this beer, but it seemed awfully watery to me for an IPA. The hop flavors were very light and bright, but along with the mouthfeel, it seemed a bit watery. While it would be a nice IPA for a hot day, it seemed a bit light to me.