“Take a journey to flavour town! A town with a sensible approach, this is gonna be a long, chilled-out perfect day full of fun times. Fixation Brewing Co. won Champion Medium Brewery at the 2017 Craft Beer Awards. Obsession is coming in at 4.6% abv and loaded with US Mosaic and Simcoe hops. We are obsessed.”
Served in an IPA glass. Relatively clear golden appearance which dons a two finger crown. The head is well retained so a healthy lace is strewn all the way down the walls of the glass.
We’re getting tonnes of fresh and fruity hop character erupting out of the glass. Literally every scent we’d expect from a hop charged West Coast IPA – grapefruit, orange peel, pine needle, tangerine, unripened pineapple, lemon/lime, melon and woody spice. The malt profile is delicate and semi sweet with hints of white bread and grains.
It appears to fall away on the palate unfortunately. All of those uber-aromatic hops are filtered down to a bit of grapefruit, pine and subdued malt sweetness. It carries through the mid quite well, to its credit, and finishes light, dry and bitter with some grassy hop and citrus in the tail.
The mouth feel is weak and a tad too lean. A victim of the mild ABV perhaps. The 36 IBU provides a vigorous bitterness which gives off that sense that we’re sinking a bigger and ballsier IPA.
Certainly not our pick of their range although it would be a good option for the designated driver. There’s just not enough follow up in flavour for it to become a go-to session beer for us. Stick to the higher ABV IPA’s that’s where it’s at.