If anyone has read my previous reviews they know how I feel about Florida beers in general. If my experiences with Florida craft brews could be described as hit or miss it would definitely be more hits than misses. I couldn’t resist the can on this one though, the artwork was cool in a post-modern pot influenced way – no, I’ve not been smoking pot the can art just made me think of that – and so I grabbed a six. A whole six pack. Horror of horrors if I don’t like it but I have enough ‘friends’ that I could pawn five of them off onto if need be so what the heck.
The beer pours out a clear golden color into my favorite glasses with a nice frothy head that holds its own for long enough. Interestingly the beer seems to change once it hits the glass; while I was pouring this out it appeared clear but when I held the glass up in front of my monitor I couldn’t see the Google logo through the cloudiness. The carbonation was present but not overwhelming, so I’m not sure how they worked that little bit of magic.
I’ve never been a fan of fruity bIeers, but while this one reminds me of lemons and grapefruit – all sours, no sweet fruits – I really didn’t have any issues with fruitiness in the flavor profile. The hops are set up right, at 7.5% ABV and a 75 IBU’s this beer starts to touch on the light heavy division and that much in hops adds a bitterness that no fruit could overcome anyway. The beer tastes a bit dry, but a very pleasant dry and actually refreshing – has to be something in the recipe that does that, because with the bitterness of 75 IBU’s it almost goes down like a paradox. Or a pair of docks.
Overall a refreshing, drinkable beer with a citrusy bent and enough body to make you check her legal age. Nothing fancy, nothing to mortgage the boat over, but very drinkable, rather refreshing, a little citrusy and a nice dry bitterness that reminds you that you like to drink beer.
I’ll try some more, and I’ll try some more from this brewery too.