On the docket: 16 oz. can of Jersey Girl Brewing’s Rake Breaker
Poured into: Wine & Whiskey Country snifter
S: Honey-gold, reminiscent of peach juice. Hazy, murky, unapologetically New-England in color and appearance with a nice thick cap of head. I can’t see the bubbles, I’m sure they’re there. Not a huge amount of lacing, but it’s present in delicate, icing-drip fashion.
A: Aromas of apricot, tangerine, and peach rocket into your nostrils. You can detect this heady mélange from nearly a foot away. A slight malty sweetness creeps out from behind the hops, which are clearly the star of the show. Stick your nose in the glass when you’re done (and before you pour the next can)- divinely grainy aroma sticks around.
T: Closely following the aroma, the taste is very juice-like with nearly candied apricot and peach. Nearly no malt presence at the outset. After it warms a bit in the glass, there is a slight cereal presence- must be the oats.
F: Medium-full, despite a fluffiness on the tongue, coupled with a smooth, refined (NOT FLAT) carbonation. There’s enough bitterness present to provide a nice contrast to the prominent, fruity flavors.
O: Fans of incredibly hoppy, incredibly bitter West Coast style IPAs should reconsider what it means to brew an IPA. This version of many craft drinkers most cherished style is large and in charge. Fruity, tropical, easy to drink.
Suggested food pairing: Hawaiian pizza, Asian salad with mandarin orange wedges, toast points with orange marmalade, fresh fruit with heavy cream, jalapeno-cheddar cheese
Bonus idea: Combine with a touch of Cointreau or peach schnapps, garnish with appropriate fruit slice, and you have two ridiculous beer cocktails.