“This beer is big and bold, fully hopped and yours to explore – just like our beautiful headlands.”
Appearance: Light golden complexion with 100% clarity. It forms a fizzy yet sturdy two and a half finger head which gradually peels off. Excellent lace as we go.
Aroma: Quite malt forward…and not your typical malt leanings. It comes off as sweet honey and granita biscuits. There’s a slightly sulfuric note which suggests dodgy yeast but other than that it’s quite crisp, punchy and packed full of unripened pineapple, green mango, papaya and guava.
Flavour: We feel in this never ending haze craze that a lot of brewers have forgotten that West Coast IPA’s are meant to be in your face and aggressive. We like that that this has a mild piney and citrusy profile but it lacks the cut through and overall hostility we’ve come to expect from the style.
Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth with minimal dryness. Mild-medium body and Co2. The 7% ABV is nicely hidden.
Overall: In all fairness it’s very smooth but smooth isn’t what we’re after in a WC IPA. We want to be chewing on a piece of grapefruit rind, we want our palate to be wrecked! The SoCal way!