“They say you should never meet your heroes… but who cares? Green Cheek are one of the best in the business so Siren Craft Brew jumped at the chance to brew a California IPA with them. This style of IPA is crisp, clean and refreshing, with pilsner malt making up most of the base. These delicious hops Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe and Sabro combine to bring the magic.”
Appearance: Kind of a pale golden hue with two fingers of sturdy white head perched on top. It works a fine lace as we go.
Aroma: Old school West Coast style but a lot more mellow than the bitter bombs of yesteryear. Still plenty of acetic grapefruit, pine, candied lemon, creamy orange citrus, herbal spice and mild tropical fruits. As it settles a subtle hint of coconut lifts out (how freaking cool is Sabro?!). Clean and grainy malt profile. Diggin it.
Flavour: Definitely keeps with the mellow aspect. The intensity is a little less than hoped but notes of grapefruit, pine, orange citrus, mixed tropical and stonefruit get amongst it. Clean grainy malt all the way through. Nice kick of citric bitterness developing late and finishing slightly pithy but essentially well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean and well rounded with subtle bitterness in the swallow. Mild-medium body and Co2. 7.2% ABV is spot on for the style.
Overall: To be honest the main reason why we hopped on this was because of Green Cheek. We’ve been wanting to try their beers for years now. In the end it’s not all that exciting but it’s still a well executed IPA. Not bad.