Tuesday, April 27th 2010
Big Swell IPA
(Maui Brewing Company)
A great looking can of beer. I love the design on this can of IPA. Something about surfing and IPAs just works well. Its the same for Alaskan Brewing's IPA with the surfer and the snow-capped mountain in the background. Hops and waves. Let's see how this one measures up!
From the Maui site:
"Our handcrafted India Pale Ale brewed with four different Northwestern hops and malted barley...dry-hopped to perfection. Its flavor begins smooth and malty and is followed with a big burst of dry hop flavor."
Here we go...
Pour - shiny, sunny golden color like a morning sunrise perhaps? Foamy almost dry looking head with some big bubble action and an almost frozen look in the glass.
Aroma - tangerine, orange, canned pineapple, lemon peel and dried mango slices. Not a whole lot of fresh hop aroma but more of the sweet, tropical fruit smells that some IPA exhibit more than the pine and grapefruit.
Taste - sweet fruit flavors followed by some stringent bitterness on the tongue. Very well put together IPA with some really nice hop flavors that are balanced nicely by a sweetness that is not just caramel and malt but more of tropical fruit profile. Similar a bit to Drifter from Widmer if you've had that. More than anything this is very drinkable, thirst-quenching and just plain good.
Overall - I really liked this IPA. The tropical fruit flavors are very refreshing and this beer is not overly hoppy but still assertive enough to make you know its not just a pale ale. Plenty of tongue numbing IBUs to please any hophead but also enough flavor to keep you going back to the cooler for can after can.
Would I buy more of it? - sure, I am a fiend when it comes to IPAs in cans!
Note - Maui's cans three of their beers. You can find their CoCoNut Porter, Bikini Blonde and Big Swell IPA canned and available for purchase in Hawaii, California and Japan.
Posted by Russ
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