It’s not often I spy Modern Times Beer in my hood, so when I caught sight of City of The Sun I knew I had to have it. Described as a juicy, hoppy IPA “redolent of melon, lime, and citrus notes” due to the use of Mosaic, Motueka and Experimental Hop 05256. This smells like heaven on a hot day. Super flavourful and I can totally pick out the melon and lime in the taste as well as the aroma. The nice, crisp malt profile totally lets the hops do all the work, and it finishes off with a moderate bitterness. Delightful! Here’s hoping that this isn’t a one off and I’ll get the chance to access more from Modern Times at my local!
I’m writing one of the last papers ever for my degree (yay!) and needed to take a procrastination break. Luckily I had a can of Hop Chowdah, the newest release from @cannerybrewing . Penticton has finally joined the rest of the continent on the hazy, juicy, New England IPA trend! Amarillo and Mosaic hops give lots of tropical and stone fruit flavour and aroma. A bit soft in carbonation with a full, smooth body, bitterness is moderate and lingering but not in a dry-your-mouth-out way. I had this as a grapefruit radler this weekend and it was equally delightful as well as easier to tolerate as at 6.5% this beer packs quite a whollop. It’s apparently only a seasonal but if you can drop by and tell Patt you love it maybe we can get them to keep it around!
This might be one of my top beers for 2016. Twin Sails originally opened in late 2015 with a focus on German beers but in the past several months what they have really stood out for their is their hoppy offerings. One of the first of this trend is Dat Juice, a Citra Pale Ale with lots of citrusy aroma – think grapefruit and sweet orange. Hazy but not too murky, it has a crisp finish without getting bogged down with sediment that some of these juicy styles can have. Taste is light and bright with just a hint of lingering bitterness. I know people hate this term, but crushable comes to mind with this beer.
I was really excited when Scott finally got home from Vancouver today, mostly because he had a care package of special beers for me! Colour and Shape is a North Eastern style IPA from newly renamed Superflux Beer Company (formerly Machine Ales). A burst of tropical aroma hit my nose as soon as I cracked the can – lots of grapefruit, passionfruit and guava. A bit on the dank side of juicy, which I like! Pours a hazy, slightly greenish gold with moderate head and slightly soft carbonation. The taste is as good as the smell – deep juicy tropical/citrus with a warming bitter finish much like grapefruit. I’m curious if any citrus fruit/peel was added to this because the finish is so reminiscent of citrus oil. Only turn off is the light bit of sediment – afterall this is unfiltered – but that grit is flavour country! So good I’m not sure I’m sharing the rest of the 4-pack.