This next brew comes courtesy of my wife. We had a brie cheese tasting planned for the night and she wanted to get me something to compliment the meal.
Beer Name: Fruitallica
Brewery: Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, CA/Richmond, VA), Beavertown Brewery (London, UK), and Garage Project (Wellington, NZ)
Style: Double IPA
Description: A worldwide collaboration effort, this double IPA was brewed with kiwi, yuzu, and habanero. You can read the full metal description on Stone’s website.
Appearance: A bright, hazy hybrid of yellow, orange, and amber topped off by a thin white head that formed with the pour.
Smell: Light fruits and some piney bitterness.
Taste: Light and fruity upfront, featuring kiwi and assorted tropicals. Perhaps even yuzu, but I can’t honestly claim to know what that tastes like. The back-end brought on a nicely balanced amount of heat from the habanero that rolled into a piney, resinous bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Pretty standard for the style. Medium, slightly creamy feel with a moderate amount of carbonation.
Hype: Elevated personally, though I suppose most grizzled beer veterans don’t get overly excited about these anymore. Stone will probably always have a special place in my heart though.
Overall: I enjoyed this, but wouldn’t quite consider something I’d drink every day. It did, however, go quite well with the brie I so in that sense the beer delivered exactly what I wanted. Nice blend of sweet fruit and spice without going too far into extremes.