“If you like Pina Colada’s, then skip the rain and go straight for the Lightning. Rich pineapple, coconut and papaya aromas welcome you as your mouth is filled with a tropical fruit hurricane, the big body and low bitterness lets this fruity fantasy ride on like a Caribbean cruise that never ends.”
Appearance: Slightly hazy pale golden hue with an enormous four finger head setting up on top. It takes an age to recede and leaves an absolute mess on the glass.
Aroma: The head is taking that long to reduce that we’re forced to take a few whiffs from the can! First impressions are good…seems to be more of a “no coast” IPA i.e displaying hints of East Coast juicy-ness and but also some West Coast citrus and pine. Heady notes of candied lemon, unripened pineapple, melon, coconut, tangerine and grassy herbals. Kinda dry malt bill; oats, wheat, that sort of thing. Decent.
Flavour: Massive fruit salad characters like lemon, orange, tangerine, paw paw/papaya, pineapple, guava and subtle blueberry. Much more nuanced spice and herbal accents, wheat grains, coconut, rolled oats and semi sweet honey finishing with a light hop bitterness, citrus fruits and herbals. Good duration on the back end too.
Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and creamy. Just a little bit of grip on the way down…we dig it though. Lively Co2, mild-medium body. The 6.9% ABV is well concealed.
Overall: We’ve had eyes on this mob for a while but it’s taken us until now to have a crack. It’s got plenty of spunk, a good balance and some depth. We likey.