Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! After a long weekend celebrating my middle brother’s birthday (we saw Hootie & The Blowfish, which was interesting to say the least), I needed something to help ease me back into the same ol’ routine. While I was mowing the lawn, the wife went to the store and surprised me with a new beer, a heavy-hitting IPA from a brewery I’ve never tried. Not going to lie, I’m pretty stoked to try this.
Appearance: This pours a sunset gold with a thick, creamy head. I’ve learned to not judge a book by the cover, but this cover looks pretty darn good!
Aroma: Like most East Coast IPAs, this has a citrus kick to start, but finishes almost like a lager. If you’ve ever had Sierra Nevada’s Hoppy Lager, it is almost a dead ringer for it.
Taste: For a 7.3% ABV IPA, this is dangerously smooth. You get a ton of citrusy hops up front and it transitions to a lager-like malty sweetness at the end. The carbonation really adds to the crispness of the flavors. Everything is well balanced and melded together. The Pernicious IPA is bold, yet deceptively smooth.
Mouthfeel: Like the flavor profile, this is crisp and untaxing on the palate. It works as a great foil for the summertime heat and humidity of Florida.
Value: I’m afraid to ask the wife what it ran…
Overall: I’d give this a 9/10. This beer is definitely lights out between the flavors, drinkability, and punch it packs. What holds it back from being a 10/10 is that it’s missing a certain depth and complexity that would rank it in my all time greatest IPAs. If you see this in stores, definitely grab a sixer for your next barbecue or pool party. If you’re a hop-head you’d love it, but this brew is does it in a way even the Average Joe could drink.
For those of you keeping track at home, the next beer I’m going to brew is an Oktoberfest and lager it for the summer to break out in, well, October. I’ve also now had 927 different beers and am running out of options at the store to find new and different things. Please leave a comment with any suggestions you may have! I’d greatly appreciate it.
Until next time, tight lines and cheers!