It’s a pretty dreary Saturday, with clouds and the occasional thunderstorm. But the past couple of weekend I’ve been out canvassing for my candidate in the upcoming elections, and left pretty worn out to do anything else. This is the off week, though. And I’ve finished a project that always takes up a lot of my time (but it PAYS. But it also didn’t leave me time to attend the media preview for Goose Islands Bourbon County Stout lineup). So we’re ready to pen another beer that’s been sent to me for my comment (disclaimer).
Spoetzl Brewery of Shiner TX drops beers to me pretty regularly. That’s why you see so many of them in this blog. They’ve only recently gone from 100 years of all lager beers to ales, and this is another step in the trendy direction.
Shiner Wicked Juicy IPA is a nod to some of the current IPA beer trends. The can describes this as: “This dry hopped and unfiltered IPA is bursting with a rush of tropical hops for a bright, juicy kick.”
So let’s pop one open while I’m sitting outside, putting some grill marks on a nice, big pork loin.
This does pour out quite hazy. A big head kicks up at first. Only as it dwindles away have I had a chance to put my nose to it. It has a bit more of a “beery” malt smell, with just a little tropical fruit at the edges.
The taste too is pretty mild, for a style where many brewers try to blast one’s palate. The happiness does come to the fore, and it has a bit of bitterness, with a respectable 60 IBU. Lacks the pine resin of many American style Pale Ales, and instead offers a light mango and papaya taste. One a further swig, I get an impression of orange juice as well.
The Shiner beers are generally meant for a wider audience than most of the younger brewers out there. And the “Wicked Juicy” is actually a nice introduction for the beer curious. Especially those who find the usual India Pale Ale to be on the rough side. 5.7% abv.