Finally starting to make some real headway in my search for Halloween-themed brews. This one came to me via my wife who has been helping me in my quest.
Beer Name: Vengeful Spirit IPA
Brewery: Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, CA/Richmond, VA)
Description: A “tropically inspired” unfiltered IPA brewed with pineapple and Mandarin orange. You can get the full spiel and some specs here on the brewery website. My six-pack had a canned on date of 9/14/2017, and a recommend best by date of 1/12/2018. Something tells me these won’t make it that long.
Appearance: It had a cloudy, golden-yellow body with a fluffy white head.
Smell: Juicy pineapple and tropical sweetness followed by sweet bitterness.
Taste: Loads of tropical fruit upfront, with pineapple and Mandarin orange clearly in the forefront. About mid-sip a layer of earthy, grassy hop bitterness sets in, taking the beer to a bitter, somewhat raw finish mixing the aforementioned hops in with bitter orange and tangerine.
Mouthfeel: Par for the course, medium bodied with a fairly moderate amount of carbonation.
Hype: Not so much in the hype department. Plenty of this one to go around.
Overall: A solid brew, I liked this a lot more than the tangerine IPAs that inspired it. I did still find the finish a bit harsh, but that is starting to seem like the way I feel about fruited IPAs in general these days.