This next exciting Vermont beer was purchased…in downtown Boston on my lunch break. Yeah, the weekend getaway beer reviews are done with and it’s back to reality for me.
Beer Name: Strawberry Shakedown
Brewery: Four Quarters Brewing (Winooski, VT)
Style: Milkshake IPA
Description: A milkshake-style IPA brewed with Barbe Rouge hops, lactose, strawberry and vanilla.
Appearance: It poured to a hazy, pale yellow body with plenty of little bubbles running up from the bottom. Just over a finger’s worth of fluffy, white foam collected at the top.
Smell: Strawberry creamsicle was the first thing that came to mind here. The beer had a mild berry presence upfront and cream on the end.
Taste: Sweet strawberries at the start, followed by creamy lactose and biscuity pale malt presence that gave the beer a bit of strawberry shortcake-like vibe. There was a faint bitterness on the very end, with vanilla becoming apparent around the edges after a couple of minutes in the glass.
Mouthfeel: It had a soft, medium body that was creamy smooth with a slightly below moderate level of carbonation.
Hype: Heightened optimism. The brewery has a solid reputation and for some reason this offering really caught my eye.
Overall: Although, the milkshake style IPA isn’t exactly my thing, but I did enjoy this. Despite the creaminess, it was rather light overall, a feeling that when combined with the berry tastes made this one quite easy to drink.