I Can’t Hait(i) This: Founders’ Azacca IPA

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On the docket:  12 oz. bottle of Founders’ Azacca IPA

Poured into a 6 oz wine glass

S: Amber orange, clear body supports a thick, foamy off-white head. Excellent retention. Consistent, thin bands of lacing left on the glass. Tiny bubbles wend their way up to the surface.

A: Intense, tropical nose of mango and citrus. Just a hint of pine, plus apple or pear. Heavenly to inhale this aroma. A simple, clean malt flavor provides a touch of sweetness.

T: Much of the nose carries over into the flavor. The mango and citrus are there. The malt starts early, then dies off, giving way to the fruity hops. The pine finishes out the experience, drying the tongue and providing a great bitterness counterpoint.

F: Medium body, excellent carbonation with tiny bubbles to aid in resetting the palate for the next sip.

O: My first experience with the Azacca varietal, and a very pleasant experience.

S: 4 A: 4.5 T: 4.5 F: 4 O: 4.25

Pair with: Salads with a citrus vinaigrette dressing, glazed chicken

Note:  Azacca is the god of agriculture to the native religion of Haiti.

Something Berry Different: Pacific Gem Single Hop

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On the docket:  Green Flash Brewing Co.’s Pacific Gem Single Hop (American Pale Ale)

Poured into: 6 oz wine glass

S: Hazy honey-gold body that supports a nearly tan head.

A: Berries! Blackberry leads the procession, followed by a darker fruit note… black currant? Some woody note in there too, plus a cracker-like malt in support. Subtle, inviting.

T: More berries, in the taste. In addition, a white-bread crust shows up in a clean crisp malt. Ends quite fruity, rather than bitter and hoppy.

F: Medium-light body, average carbonation, but that’s ok. The flavors here are subtle and delicate- less scrubbing action needed.

O: My first experience with a Pacific Gem single-hop beer. Enjoyable, easy to session.

S: 3.75 A: 4.5 T: 4.5 F: 4.0 O: 4.25

Pairs with: Fruit salad, mild cheeses, chicken or pork with a berry-reduction sauce.

A Tangerine Dream: Green Flash’s Soul Style IPA

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On the docket:  12 oz. bottle of Green Flash Brewing Co.’s Tangerine Soul Style IPA

poured into: 6 oz wine glass

S: Sienna colored body with an off-white head. It builds, then slowly recedes. Great lacing. Cloudy body that… wait… is that actual tangerine rind? Why yes, it is.

A: A tangerine dream! Sweetness from a clean, simple malt backbone. Tangerine for miles and miles, it’s like I was standing in the orchard.

T: As anticipated, plenty of tangerine in the flavor. Very present, but very authentic-tasting. No shortcuts used here! Mid-palate provides a bit of doughy malt, while the finish is a touch tangy and citrusy, though not very bitter. Juicy, like freshly squeezed fruit.

F: Medium-light body, prickly carbonation. A long, juicy finish of, you guessed it… tangerine. Wow.

O: Highly enjoyable fruit-forward American IPA. Excellent flavor and aroma.

S: 4 A: 4.5 T: 4.5 F: 4 O: 4.25

Pairs with: mandarin orange salad, Hawaiian pizza, chicken kabobs, Thai or Indian food