Appearance: Light pastel orange with two fingers of loosely held foam atop. It slowly deconstructs and leaves blotchy patches of lace in its wake.
Aroma: Proper Mosaic bomb…tonnes of mango, pineapple, pine needle, yellow grapefruit, orange peel, peach and papaya. There’s a bit of a dank-ness to it which we’re really digging. Ripe fleshy stonefruits are opening up as it settles along with passion fruit, paw paw and the doughy malt backbone. Surprisingly bigger than we were expecting.
Flavour: The stewy, fleshy stonefruits come on strong i.e paw paw, rockmelon, papaya. Pine needles, dank herbs and orange citrus jump on board midway. Some pithy citric acidity can’t curtail a 2nd wave of sweet stonefruits which roll in to a somewhat heavier than expected finish with a nice dry bitterness to help even the keel.
Mouthfeel: Pretty decent weight for a “summer IPA”. Slightly sticky but ultimately smooth in texture with a mild bitterness developing late. Medium body. 6.5% ABV pretty well negotiated.
Overall: They should drop the Summer IPA tag and just leave it as their standard IPA. There’s more than enough density (and booze) for this to be drunk all year round. Pretty damn impressive.