We are spending spring break in a condo on the beach in Indian Shores, Florida. When we got down here, I picked up a bunch of local craft beers to try, mostly a bunch of IPAs. I know Wicked Weed sold out to AB-Inbev, but when I visited their brewery in Asheville, North Carolina, I thought they had some really good beers. Since I can’t get this one at home in Illinois yet, I thought I’d give it a try.
Location: Poured into a large glass at our condo in Indian Shores, Fl.
Numbers: 7.3% ABV, ~270 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s a bright pale golden color and it’s fairly hazy. It has a huge, bright white rocky head on it and a lightly citrusy and bready aroma.
Taste & Feel: The body is light medium and the mouthfeel is lightly crisp from the carbonation and hops, but it’s also slightly oily from the hoppiness. The flavor up front is a citrusy hop flavor and bitterness with mostly lemony-orange flavors. The middle still has a good amount of bitterness, but the sweet maltiness grows a bit to reveal some of the bready maltiness. The bitterness grows again in the finish, but it’s more of a mix of citrusy and piney hop flavors. The citrusy-piney hop flavors last for a couple minutes in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: I paired this beer with the pizza we had for lunch, and it was a great food pairing for this beer. With the mix of bitterness and hoppiness, it would be a great pairing with other savory meals like burgers.
Overall Impression: It’s a good IPA that had a great mix of both bitterness and hop flavor. I enjoyed the mix of citrusy-piney hop flavors, which was a nice change from all the overly citrusy hazy IPAs that have flooded the market. I thought this was a solid IPA, and was a great beer to enjoy while sitting on the balcony watching the waves roll in.