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This beer was another gift to me from one of my friends in New Jersey who, full disclosure, now happens to work at Equilibrium.  Thanks to her I ended up bringing home a fridge full of goodies, though this one I found particularly noteworthy.

Beer Name: Dreamwave Fluctuation

Brewery: Equilibrium Brewery (Middletown, NY) / Other Half Brewing Company (Brooklyn, NY)

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 8.1%

Description: A collaboration between two hot brewers from New York state, this double IPA was dry-hopped with Galaxy and Citra and brewed in a manner combining each brewery’s signature style.  You can read more of the details here, but the quick takeaway point is that they used Equilibrium’s grain bill and added oats and lactose to give it an Other Half influence.

Appearance: The beer poured a thick, murky, almost glowing pale yellow/light orange body with a thin white head.

Smell: Tropical sweetness backed by resinous hops.

Taste: Mix of fruits upfront, highlighted by tangerine, pineapple, and peach, followed by a smooth, slightly creamy transition to a spicy, pine resin layer of hops.  There’s a lot of flavor going on, but it’s so balanced that the beer is super drinkable, only hinting at the ABV after sitting in the glass for a little bit.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, slightly above medium bodied with a fairly moderate level of carbonation.

Hype: I’ll go out on a limb and say elevated.  Beyond my curiosity about trying out a beer from where one of my friends works, I’ve noticed that these two breweries tend to generate quite a bit of buzz when they make a noteworthy release.

Overall: I really enjoyed this. It offered a nice mix of juicy fruit and hoppy bitterness in a smooth, balanced package.  Liked the bit of heat accompanying the closing bitterness.