Hazealicious P.O.G.

Washington
United States
Hazealicious P.O.G., Reuben's Brews
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Our Unbound Series is all about adding a twist to some of your favorite year-round and seasonals. Hazealicious, our year-round hazy IPA, features tropical fruit notes and we doubled down on those hop flavors with actual Passionfruit, Orange, and Guava to amp up the juiciness.

Profile

ABV: 
6.0%
IBUs: 
45
Hops: 
Citra®, Strata, Comet, Mosaic®, Azacca®
Malts: 
Pale, Pilsner, Honey, Wheat, Oats
Judges Review 
David Sapsis's picture
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Hazealicious P.O.G. by Reuben's Brews is being judged as BJCP category 29A, Fruit Beer, with the base as a hazy/New England variant of IPA.

The beer is served in a goblet showing a hazy/milky medium amber color, and while a nice off-white head cap is present, it dissipates very quickly.

The aroma is somewhat soft with fruit notes of guava and orange, but I don't pick up the more saccharine nectar-ish notes common to passion fruit. Malt character is either low or washed out by the hop/fruit juiciness. There is another aroma character that is difficult to describe but comes off almost like sumac: richly tart, herbal, fruity and almost lemony. The nose comes off as quite dry, despite the assertive fruitiness evident.

The flavor starts off quite tart with a very prominent guava character rounded with bright lemon tartness, and again I strain to find passion fruit; the bitterness is there but modest. The mid-palate sees an emergence of orange and passion fruit (finally!) that lingers into the dry and bitter-burnished finish. Body is lush and full but countered by a pretty evident tartness and a hint of astringency.

Overall. the beer is fruity, bitter, tart and quite dry, but still has some juicy character, but not high or even typical for a NEIPA. Those that are fond of POG juice, so prevalent in the Hawaiian Islands, who are also IPA fans, would likely appreciate this beer. For me, a tad more rounded sweetness and less tartness would improve the effort. The POG character is very much there but has a fair degree of competition from tropical hop notes so prevalent in new-breed, new-world hop strains. Given the tartness and dryness, I might pair this with a nice dessert, like a peach fruit tart or key lime pie.