Danger Zone IPA
Solace and Ocelot Brewing Co.s (collab)
First, I love that it was a collaboration with Ocelot. That’s just perfect, and so is this. I don’t think I even got to log(gins) my first thoughts before I was halfway through it. It pours cloudy, bright, and with juicy, citrus notes. It was brewed with Strata and Citra hops, and they came play. Beach volleyball optional.
Hops – 7.7 All jokers aside, it’s not so much bitter as it is floral and juicy. Well done.
Malts – 2.1 There’s a sweetness that comes with being a hazy/cloudy but it’s more citrus than anything.
Carbonation – 6.5 It is a little bubbly but not obnoxiously so.
Character – 5.1 I’m sure there are IPAs that taste just like this everywhere. It’s good, and it had a great gimmick on the label. That’s enough for me.
Palate – 8.9 Great balls of fire, it’s delicious.
Overall – 9.1
This is right in that sweet spot of bitter, juicy, citrus, and hazy-sweet. It’s got a fantastic label, checks in at a respectable 7%, and would be perfect for an IPA lover or someone looking to try something new. I honestly wish I had a few more, but it’s a limited run and they (blamelessly) sold out quickly. Both breweries are well versed in the IPA world so a very good offering from a collab is no surprise. It is incredibly drinkable and for that reason, I don’t like you. You’re dangerous.
Blueberry Coffee Porter
5% 12 oz Can
We’re working through the backlog, folks. The Caps lost, let’s move on to this from Waynesville NC. It’s a blueberry coffee porter. It is old (2018) and pours very dark. It smells like coffee and malt and slightly berry, and the head disappears immediately. Like the Caps desire. And from the can, it says they take their classic brown, and add fresh coffee and blueberry. I hope I’m not berry (trotz) disappointed.
Hops – 3.1 It is a little balanced.
Malts – 6.3 Also it’s not that roasty. Or malty. It’s getting weird.
Carbonation – 7.4 Despite the head going away like a Capitals lead, it’s very bubbly. Think soda.
Character – 4.6 This is where they’ve let me down. It’s halfway through the 2nd, and they did not deliver as promised. The coffee is there… barely. It’s like you got to take a sip of someone’s leftover iced coffee from yesterday. And the blueberry is slightly acidic. This may be from aging, but I’m just reporting what’s happening.
Palate – 5.8 It’s not… Bad. Not great. It’s the Capitals Powerplay right now. You have potential! But you did not deliver on it.
Overall – 5.9 It’s not very bad but it’s not good. It’s super bubbly, the flavors and mouthfeel are really thin.
I didn’t know this was going to be exactly how I felt after tonight’s loss, but this beer is exactly like their performance. Sounds great, but you need to actually execute! It was thin, lackluster, and overall left me wanting. 2 Minutes for disappointment, Boojum.