Similar to Pokémon, many craft beer drinkers have the mindset of “gotta drink them all.” I am of that mindset and am always on the lookout for beers I have not had and beers that “have it all.”
Eric Plata of DeHops Brewing Company and Café recently informed me that their newest beer, Tangerine Fuzz, was on draft. What he didn’t mention to me was that it included everything but the kitchen sink.
Tangerine Fuzz is a sour, double dry hopped, New England IPA or a Sour DDH NEIPA. Upon seeing this creation, I was intrigued and wanted to try it! I was able to sample it at the brewery in Walker, MI and instantly fell in love. I grabbed a crowler of it to enjoy later.
You’re not going to find any of the elements listed above shining through on this one. The triple threat of the sour, the DDH, and the NEIPA characteristics work very well together. Each component balances the other out. The sour cuts through the juiciness. The hopping and NEIPA aspects tame the sour.
All in all it drinks well and is quite smooth. It reminded me of orange juice, and, according to one of Eric’s friends, Chapa, it worked well for him and his family’s beermosas on Christmas. During my visit to pick up Tangerine Fuzz, I learned that Chapa is a solid source. He’s a jack of all trades in terms of brewing and entrepreneurship in West Michigan. I’m need to give the recipe a try the next time I can get my hands on this beer.
Add this beer to DeHops’s portfolio of beers that are dynamite. Eric has been keeping up with the trendy beer styles that are taking the craft beer world by storm and sticking to the traditional styles as well.
Plata was a guest for Episode 202 of the Better on Draft podcast and DeHops, the place where all this delicious beer is crafted, was a recent brewery review. Check out both if you want to learn more about Eric and his brewing history and style.
Disclaimer: A big THANK YOU to Eric from DeHop’s for hooking me up with this beer!