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.