“What is a Cold IPA you ask? Think of it as a light malt canvas painted with hops. Sweet Escape is made with a low sulphur lager yeast that’s fermented cooler than an ale yeast – yet warmer than a lager yeast traditionally would be. It’s then hit with hop bill of Ekuanot, Amarillo, and Idaho7 to give it that hop burst style. This, rewarding you with a strong aromatic hop intensity, mild bitterness, and a crisp and clean finish – which will undoubtedly have you reaching for that second sip! Go on, let your tastebuds find that Sweet Escape they’re longing for….“
Appearance: Gorgeous bright golden complexion with full clarity and good Co2 activity. It forms a fluffy two finger head which slowly peels off, revealing the intricate lace work on the glass.
Aroma: Heavenly. Straight away we can smell the freshness (packaged on 3/11/21). The hops are so clean and fruity and they fill up the nostrils with tropical fruits, distinct candied citrus like lemon, lime and grapefruit, fresh pine needle, herbal spice, cedar and tangy orange. A lovely crisp malt structure is only further adding to the beers extremely appealing character.
Flavour: Dead set spot on. Getting a hint of semi sweet malt which counters the snappy pine needle and zesty citrus rind. There’s always this kinda peppery herbal accent doing its thing in the background too. As it pushes forward unripened tropical fruits, shallot and lime come to the fore then delivers a clean and fruity finish which lingers for a little while then tapers off.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and well defined yet still packing enough to chew on. Medium body, Co2 is perfect. 6.8% ABV is very well buried.
Overall: In comparison there’s not a lot that differs between this and ‘Vacation Rental’…other than a different hop bill of course. The main reason we went for it was because SR are one of the leaders of this style. On par with Garage Project in our opinion. Top notch.