965. Maplewood Brewing – Son of Juice IPA

965. Maplewood Brewing - Son of Juice IPAIt’s been another Saturday filled with home projects, but now it’s time to grab a beer and watch some March Madness. This beer was given to me by my sister a couple months ago, and I figured I’d better drink it before the hop flavors fade too much. It looks like a hazy IPA and I appreciate the fact that they have the ingredients printed on the side of the can, so I can see what hops they used.

Location: Poured from the 16oz can into a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 6.3% ABV, “Low IBUs,” 3 SRM, ~210 Calories

Ingredients: Grains: Pilsner, Flaked Oats, Golden Naked, Oats; Hops: Mosaic, Simcoe, Nugget, Warrior

Appearance & Aroma: It has a pale yellow color with some orange hues to it, and it’s very cloudy. It had a big, fluffy white head that fell to a very thin, creamy layer over the top. As expected, given the name of the beer, it has a big citrus-fruit juice aroma to it.

Taste & Feel: It has a medium body and a crisp mouthfeel from the carbonation in the beer. The flavor up front is a citrus juiciness with orange, grapefruit, lemony and pineapple flavors, giving it a slightly acidic flavor. These flavors get a little sweeter and richer in the middle. A little bit of bitterness comes in during the finish, but there’s still plenty of citrusy fruit juiciness. The combination of the two last for a minute or so in the aftertaste.

Food Pairing: I had this beer with a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich, and the citrusy juiciness was a pretty good pairing with it. With the citrusy-juiciness of this beer, it might be a good pairing to contrast savory foods that sometimes have citrus mixed in to contrast it – such as pizza or Mexican food.

Overall Impression: I thought this was a pretty good, straightforward hazy IPA with lots of citrusy juiciness. I wasn’t a fan of the slightly acidic flavor up front, but it wasn’t over the top and seemed characteristic of the citrus fruit flavors I was tasting. I wouldn’t say that it had an overly complex profile, as the flavors seemed to remain pretty consistent from start to finish. Overall, it was a good take on the style, and it made me want to try more beers from Maplewood Brewing Co.

My Rating: ★★★½☆

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Author: kkozlen

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