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I may have mentioned this before, but one of the things I really like about Idle Hands is that the folks there seem to be pretty big baseball fans.  That they root for the wrong team doesn’t really bother me so much, especially since they keep on providing a steady supply of delicious baseball themed brews.  I enjoyed this particular one last night while cheering the Yankees to victory in the AL Wildcard game!

Beer Name: Change Up #9

Brewery: Idle Hands Craft Ales (Malden, MA)

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 8.3%

Description: The latest entry in the brewery’s rotating series of IPAs, this one featured Mosaic and Simcoe hops.  One of the brewers talks about it in a bit more detail in this clip from Facebook.

Appearance: Poured a hazy, straw yellow body with a thin white foam just barely spanning the top.

Smell: Faint sweetness, tropical overall with melon taking the lead.

Taste: Juicy, with lots of melon sweetness upfront.  There was maybe some tangerine and orange in there as well with hints of a light malt base.  The beer closed with a pretty subdued layer of bitterness, mainly grassy and tropical in nature.  On the whole, this was very well-balanced with neither the juicy aspects nor the bitterness really standing out over the other.  

Mouthfeel: Soft, juice-like body with slightly less than moderate carbonation.

Hype: These brews seem to be catching on in the area, though I can’t say that they any particular hype around them.  Personally, I’ve had some pretty good experiences with this series and was happy to have a beer named appropriately for the occasion in which I planning on drinking it.

Overall: Very solid double IPA and a nice change of pace from the extremes in taste that this style often goes to.  I continue to be a fan of these series and will keep an eye on the brewery as well for a chance to grab some more playoff brews.

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