Beach Cruiser IPA

California
United States
Beach Cruiser IPA, Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Easy drinking, pleasantly hopped. A very well-balanced, crisp, and refreshing West Coast version of a New England IPA. Slightly Hazy.

Profile

ABV: 
7.0%
Judges Review 
Nelson Crowle's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Beach Cruiser IPA by Garage Brewing Co. was judged as a 21B (Specialty IPA - New England IPA) per the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. As poured, the beer is a deep gold and clear, but not brilliant. A large beige head of tiny bubbles fades slowly and provides a nice Belgian lace on the glass. The aroma starts with a floral honey note and a light caramel character with deep sniffs pulling out a bright grapefruit note. Flavor-wise, the malt is a slight floral/herbal honey and light toffee notes, with moderate pink grapefruit juice and a slight grapefruit pith and zest. Prominent smooth bittering lingers into a somewhat tropical fruit finish - with late notes of papaya and mango. This seems to be primarily a West Coast IPA, but with some New Zealand-style tropical hops added - and all of the flavors play well together - the beer is not a muddled mess even with all of the hop complexity. Overall, everything works nicely together, even the caramel/toffee notes are complementary to the hops. Late note - as the beer warms up, the grapefruit becomes more prominent, along with a moderate pine tree sap note. Very complex, very interesting. Pair this with a basil chicken dish or something else slathered in pesto.

Brewery Introduction

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