My wife discovered Marie Kondo this week, so I had to spend my day going through my closet and drawers throwing out old clothes. So I was ready for a beer this evening. I picked up some sushi and cracked open this beer my sister brought me from St. Louis. The can says, “Brew Cocky is another IPA I came up with that is brewed with loads and loads of Falconers Flight Hops that we use in an inappropriate, gratuitous manner and make them just explode in your face.”
Location: Poured from the can into a curved pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 9.3% ABV, ~380 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s amber in color and pretty clear. There’s a good amount of carbonation in it, giving it a nice, cream colored head that left quite a bit of lacing. It has a mix of maltiness and tropical-citrus hop aroma.
Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is lightly crisp from the carbonation and hops, but a little oily from the hops. The flavor up front is citrusy hop juiciness with some maltiness behind it. The juiciness grows in the middle, with the maltiness rising up to surpass it for a brief second, before the bitterness kicks in during the finish. The finish is a mix of hop flavor and bitterness with some tropical citrus and dankness, which lasts for a minute or two in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This beer has lots of hop juiciness, but also a fair amount of maltiness behind it. It went good with the sushi, but overpowered it a bit. I think I’d prefer to pair it with something like a burger.
Overall Impression: I really appreciated the solid maltiness behind this hopped up beer, as well as the balance of both hop flavor and bitterness. I like the tropical citrusy hops, as well as the dankness – which surprised me a bit for Falconers Flight hops. .