Appearance: Hazy, Mango Juice with half a finger of soapy head
Aroma: Zest, Mango, Tangerines, Oranges
Palate: Heavy orange peel, Tropical juices
Finish: Chalky, Zest and Alcohol burn
Experience: This beer was a revisit for me. I have had it in the past and it was a descent beer but I remembered something about it that didn’t overly impress me. Once I had it it was the finish. It left a lingering chalky (like Flintstone vitamins) and a alcohol burn even though it’s a low ABV beer for a New England IPA. It’s full of flavor but the finish is where it takes the excitement away for me. Score: 4/5.
Apperance: Unfiltered, Merky, Hazy, Finger and half-width soapy head
Aroma: Orange Peel, Slight Guava, Wheat
Palate: Orange Peel/Zest, Slight Malt
Finish: Sweet, Tart
Experience: I was picking up some beer for my wife and I this one jumped out at me as something that she would like a lot. Also, it has been getting hot here in Fresno and it is about to be a stretch of 100+ degree weather. This beer sounded refreshing for the summer heat. I will admit my wife and I both were disappointed that it didn’t have more tropical flavors. As we let it sit out for a bit we started noticing some guava hints but not a lot. It taste more like a traditional hef (similar to a Blue Moon). I am not a huge fan of hefs just because they tend to upset my stomach but I wanted to give this one a try. My score is based solely on what it is, a hefeweizen. Score: 4/5.
Bottled on 5/24/17 (reviewed 8/1/17). ABV 7.3% IBUs 75
Color: Hazy, Amber, Finger Width Head
Smell: Malty, Slight Grapefruit
Taste: Sour, Light Body, Malty
Aftermath: Dry Mouth, Hints of Grapefruit, Slight Citrus (Sour Taste?)
Experience: I have had a handful of beers from this brewery. I would consider it a “local” brewery even though it is over an hour away from Fresno. I was looking for a beer to review and the label caught my eye. I thought grapefruit IPA, I am in! I really enjoy grapefruit and blood orange in my IPAs. I think they are a great balance within the beer. I was excited to try this beer as I said before I have had many of their beers and they are awesome. The minute I smelled this beer and got malt on the nose I was not happy. I don’t know if it was because the beer was “older” or because of the ABV is higher than the alcohol taste is more malt. Not sure. My experience when I smell malt I end up not liking the beer. I was correct. I wanted more flavor or hops or something from this beer. I got the dryness I like from IPAs but that was about it. Grade 3.2/5.
Aftermath: Juice Back, Light Hop, No Dry Mouth, Sweet, Malt Towards End
Experience: Good beer but wanted more dryness in the mouth. Could be a bad tap. I don’t normally do reviews at restaurants or breweries if I am drinking there but wanted to test it out as I wanted for my dad for lunch. Wanted to compare my experience with a tap pour vs. can or bottle beer that I get. I want to try this beer again from the bottle to see the difference. Grade 4.3/5.