Offshoot Beer Co ‘Relax’ Hazy IPA


61142082_1097014970482647_8180263147970494464_n“Relax [it’s just a hazy IPA] embraces the new way to enjoy IPA – unfiltered, fresh and full of hop flavor and aromatics… without the bitterness to stand in the way of kicking back with a juicy beer. It features a combination of Citra, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo hops, imparting fruity, tropical and citrusy notes to complement the round, soft mouthfeel of a hazy IPA.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Hazy off-yellow with a faint orange tint. It forms a short and frothy white head which retreats to the rim. Lace is wet and streaky as we go.

Aroma: With a hop bill reading like Citra, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo it’s no wonder it’s a proper fruit salad! Super juicy notes of pineapple, mango, melon, mixed citrus, guava, peach, paw paw and lychee just to name a few. We’re also getting that palm sugar sweetness which is becoming more and more frequent these days. Maybe just the slightest touch of vanilla and or lactose there in the background. Lovely stuff!

Flavour: Follows on from the nose with that fruit salad character – tropical, mixed citrus, stonefruits, subtle apple, maybe even a hint of white grapes. The malt bill provides good balance along with notes of rolled oats, straw-like grains and a slight creaminess as it moves in to the dry and fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Unbelievably smooth with a soft creamy texture. Mild-moderate body and co2. Very well concealed AbV (6.8%). Super approachable for its size.

Overall: Well it ain’t a groundbreaking hazy IPA but it’s tidy, super fruity and highly palatable. One of those beers that’s good but unfortunately not very memorable. Not bad.