Received this in my Beer52 monthly delivery, in both a can and a bottle, which I thought would make for a nice little comparison.
"…a melange of new and experimental hops (Azacca and Belma, as well as HBC 342 and Steiner 06300, yet-to-be-named varieties from Washington’s Yakima Valley)…" - from the label. 8.8% ABV
Sweet smells of pear and dried flowers with some bubblegum and headshop (stale incense) right there also. More subtle hints of candied orange peel and dried apricots… and a tiny bit of tennis ball.
The flavor is very close to the nose, with the sticky sweetness standing out first. Those ‘bubblegum and headshop’ notes from the aroma come together on the palate as more of a Juicy Fruit-like flavor (which might sound more appealing?). Plenty of hops, but as I have described, it’s fruity (dried fruit, candied citrus) and not piney, dank, or foresty as might be expected. Despite starting out sweet and sticky, on the finish it’s clean and almost dry.
I enjoyed this much more than Enjoy By.
since I’ve had a beer! I’ve gone 26 days now without consuming beer or alcohol of any kind. Also no grains, dairy, soy, potatoes, or any foods with added sweeteners. I’m gonna start drinking beer again tomorrow, but I think I will keep the other stuff out of my diet going forward. The no sugar thing might be the hardest, just because there’s added sugar in nearly everything packaged. That was a big eye opener- I was eating or drinking sugar (or some form of sweetener) in nearly everything I ate. If I do bring sugar back, it will be in some form I will actually appreciate rather than hidden in some everyday product as a lazy flavor enhancer.
The man who wants to make sure climate change doesn’t ruin your beer
By day, Ian Hughes makes beer. On nights and weekends, he defends it.
"He can make people care. “Public health threat” just doesn’t grab attention like “endangered beer.”"