“Orange County cool kids Green Cheek riff on their ‘California IPA’ style, breathing fresh life and fresh hops into a dry take on the West Coast classic. A super light, bright malt base supports clean bold bitterness and huge waves of Mosaic, Strata and harvest fresh Nelson Sauvin from Freestyle Farms.”
Appearance: Golden amber with 100% clarity. It forms a finger and a half of foamy white head which holds up pretty well. We’re seeing nice wavy lace as it ebbs.
Aroma: We must admit it’s refreshing to take in the ultra crisp aromas of a West Coast IPA. Super clean pine needle, mixed citrus, treated pine wood, white grape, passion fruit and some weedy herbals. It’s all supported by a rather light and semi sweet malt profile. Look, it’s not life changing but it’s pretty decent.
Flavour: Seems like it’s being held back a little. It comes on with a clean mix of pine needle, grapefruit, orange rind and unripened passion fruit. Getting a hint of white wine from the NS hops too. Dried herbs, weed and resin leads in to a dry, bitter and somewhat dank finish.
Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp and clean. Medium body and Co2. The standout is the unbelievably well concealed 9% ABV.
Overall: When one sees the likes of GP and Green Cheek together for a collab one can be excused for wetting themselves a little. The shame is it doesn’t really follow through…it just lacks a bit of vigour.