“Minesweeper was our first ever brewed IPA and remains a local favorite at our Monterey Brewpub. With Juicy Sweeper we’ve taken the same beer and employed an expressive yeast to bring bright tropical & stone fruit notes along with the usual heavy handed dose of Simcoe & Citra.”
Appearance: Super hazy deep pastel yellow with two fingers of frothy white head capping it off. Reasonably good retention with soapy lace clinging to the glass as we imbibe.
Aroma: Definitely a fruit salad quality emanating. It’s throwing out a bit of orange citrus then a good dose of stonefruit, some tropical fruits and a flutter of orchard fruits as well. There’s a really delicate line of pine resin, oily citrus rind and green onion. Maybe a faint whiff of weedy herbals too. Somewhat dry and grainy malt bill – rolled oats, white bread and uncooked rice. Fine aroma.
Flavour: Still displaying the fruit salad but with a few extra tweaks like less citrus but a touch more stonefruit along with sticky nectar fruits like passionfruit and peach. Grapefruit, orange and rind tack on and carry a mild pithy-ness through the mid. Frosty fruits, mild black pepper, doughy malts and grapefruit then punctuate and draw for days.
Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and creamy, very mild bitterness. Medium bodied, finely carbed. 7.1% ABV is inoffensive.
Overall: This is how can tell Aussie hazy’s have gotten 100x better over recent years. This is a pretty solid drop by a very well respected American brewery but we could put forward a handful of Aussie breweries doing as good if not better hazy’s than this. Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi!