Rockpit Brewing 42K IPA

91441.jpegHappy Sunday Funday ya’ll! I managed to take some time off this week and get to do some things I love, but never seem to do enough of. I went fishing for bull red fish out of Ponce Inlet in New Smyrna and I attempted to brew a hard cider. Fishing was fairly steady, and I caught my first ever Permit while the other guys landed some stud Pompano. Needless to say, we are eating good! The cider I “brewed” was super simple, all I did was take some store bought cider (preservative free) and added some yeast and apple juice concentrate. It will be ready in about a week as I am not carbonating this one. We will have a review on that when it’s ready!

We also swung by one of my favorite Central Florida breweries, Rockpit Brewing and picked up a growler of their new Session turned standard IPA called 42K. It was supposed to be a lower ABV, but came out at 5.9%. Oh well, not the worst thing! Let’s get into it.

Appearance: This pours your standard clear gold, just like a Budweiser, with a nice and vibrant head. Nothing really unique going on here.

Aroma: This is hopped with only Citra hops, so I’m getting heavy citrus, orange, lemon, and lime on the nose. It is a bright and relatively straightforward aroma, which is IMG_4976.jpgstandard for “Session IPAs.”

Taste: Just like the nose, the taste is full of citrus notes and, surprisingly enough, some tropical fruits like mango sneak their way in on the back end. There is not much to speak of for malts, but it is still balanced.

Mouthfeel: It’s lighter than you would expect for an almost 6% IPA and the carbonation really helps lift it up. This could be a dangerous poolside beer. For those of you outside of Florida, it is a bone chilling 78 degrees right now, so the pool sounds good.

Value: We got a 64 oz growler for $18, so not bad at all.

Overall: I would rate this at 6/10. It doesn’t do anything crazy, but it is tasty and drinkable. Sometimes it’s nice to have beer that you don’t have to think too much about and has plain good flavor. If you’re in the area, you should swing by and pick it up.

Christmas may have come a little early for this hop-head. Keep on the lookout for a review of what some consider the “Holy Grail” of IPAs as well as a cider review!

Until next time, tight lines and cheers!

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