Rabbit Punch IPA

North Carolina
United States
Rabbit Punch IPA, Big Boss Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
83
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Rabbit Punch NEIPA, our latest release in the Air Raid Series collection features a blend of Ekuanot, El Dorado, and Amarillo Hops. This beer has notes of lime, mango, tangerine, and pear. A second round of dry hops with Ekuanot bring an additional character or papaya and watermelon to this hazy brew.

Profile

ABV: 
6.5%
IBUs: 
40
Served at: 
50º F
Hops: 
El Dorado, Ekuanot, Amarillo
Malts: 
Two Row Barley, White Wheat Malt, Flaked Oats
Judges Review 
Scott Birdwell's picture
Judges Rating:
83
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Rabbit Punch IPA by Big Boss Brewing Co. is judged as a specialty IPA, BJCP Style 21B. This beer is quite hazy but not opaque. It shows a deep golden hue with a thin head of white lace that holds well. Its bouquet is quite floral, not the tropical fruit punch that so many New England IPAs sport. It is intense, but doesn’t bowl you over. I catch a hint of oxidation, but it is not off-putting (and, could just be this sample shipped across the country!). Surprisingly, I taste base malt initially, followed quickly by the hop bite. The bite, like so many NEIPAs is not intense but it is noticeable. I was anticipating even more intense hop flavor than what was delivered. As in the hop bouquet, the hops are more on the floral side than the tropical fruit side. I would describe the hop bite and flavor as understated. The body is medium-full, as one would expect from a 6.5% IPA. Carbonation was good - not over the top. I do detect a hint of hop astringency in the finish, but that is not unusual for IPAs, especially hazy IPAs.

Overall, I would say this is a very drinkable IPA. It is not, perhaps, what one might expect in 2019 from a “Hazy New England-style IPA.” No tropical fruit, just a pleasant floral hop bite and finish, and rather understated at that. It’s a good drinker to be sure. Under the heading of "managing expectations," this beer probably would have score an additional three or fours points if submitted simply as a "regular (non-hazy) IPA." However, given the opportunity to try this beer fresh from the source at the tap room, I would not hesitate to give it another go.

 

Brewery Introduction

Big Boss Brewing Company was founded by Geoff Lamb in 2006 and shipped it first beers in the 2nd quarter of 2007. Local household favorites emerged in the form of Bad Penny Brown Ale and High Roller IPA.  The company continues to expand their portfolio of barrel aged beers, and now canning new... Read More

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