What: A Double IPA with Citra and Mosaic Hops [9.1% ABV]
How we Had it: Out of a can into a Beer'd Brewing Teku.
What we Saw: An inviting hazy tangerine orange color with a two finger width white foamy head. Head settles to a light layer of foam shortly after pour and remains throughout, leaving a nice amount of lacing as the volume of beer decreased.
What we Smelled: From the moment the can pops open a pungent hop aroma fills the air. Sticking your nose in the glass, you're greeted by ripe tropical fruit, fruit candy (think starburst), and pine. The beautiful bouquet of tropical fruit is backed by a robust earthy character. Beautiful from start to finish.
What we Tasted: A mix of fresh squeezed ripe tropical fruit juices abound. The flavors follow the aroma. Notes of pineapple, mango, ripe papaya, passionfruit, and wild berries are present. Again, a candy like quality is subtle but noticeable, reminiscent of Starfruit chews. Resin and pine round out the juiciness and provide a "just right" amount of bitterness. The beer is dry and easily drinkable at 9.1%, yet maintains a subtle sweetness and substantial body, creating balance.
What we Thought: We love this beer. Beer'd Brewing is producing high quality hop forward beers somewhat under the radar, and this is no exception. It's what any hophead looks for - juicy, aromatic, resinous, and hop-forward; yet, blanched and approachable enough for those just coming to the style. The 9.1% ABV is hardly noticeable and does not distract from the star of the show: the hops. The aroma is just wonderful and stays with you throughout the entire glass. Pop the can open and you are immediately excited for what's to come. The beer delivers and exceeds expectations. This one is definitely worth searching out!