“Homemade SoCal IPA, featuring Simcoe, Mosaic, Amarillo and Centennial hops. Brewed with 2 Row, Vienna and Wheat malts. Fermented with California ale yeast. Released with thanks (and Friendsgiving) on November 13, 2017.”
Glassware: IPA glass.
Appearance: Bright amber with a mild hop haze. The pour raises a thumb of finely beaded foam which is well maintained. Seeing healthy lace on the glass as we hook in.
Aroma: It certainly has a west coast approach to it. Kicking off with clean pine needle, cocktail fruits i.e lychee, pineapple and mango, orange citrus, berries, grassy/herbal hop and boiled candy/palm sugar. The sweetness is further accentuated by the honeyed caramel malt base as well. SoCal indeed!
Flavour: West coast eat your heart out! Crisp notes of pine, orange citrus, tropical fruit and a hint of grapefruit developing late. We get that delicious caramel malt sweetness to balance out all the hops. Nice aggressive dryness to finish with bitter citrus, pine and palm sugar on the rear.
Mouthfeel: Firm, zippy texture with good co2 and moderate body. 7.4% AbV – fits in like a piece in a puzzle.
Overall: It’s encouraging to see that the old favourite still sees some love from a few breweries. Call us old fashioned but the west coast IPA is and always will be a staple beer for us! Top drop.