New Belgium Brewing Liquid Paradise IPA

Happy Sunday Funday ya’ll! With all the doom and gloom in the news, hopefully some beer can bring you some cheer. As hard as it is sometimes, we are practicing “social isolation” and avoiding going into public wherever possible which has put a damper on our weekend.

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She slays them!

As the great Homer J. Simpson said “When God closes a door, he sometimes leaves a window open.”  So they didn’t say anything about fishing! The wife and I decided to go fishing and we slayed some studly bass on live bait and then decided to pick up some new beer to celebrate. Liquid Paradise IPA looks like it will fit the bill to wash down this Florida heat. Let’s see what we got!

Appearance: The can shows a skeleton chilling on a pool float, and who doesn’t drink beer out of a can at the pool or beach!? Therefore, I decided to drink it out of a can, so I can’t tell you what it looks like.

Aroma: Holy bright, citrusy hops! The aroma is super tropical and reminds me of sitting poolside at a high-end (Motel 6) hotel. There is some lemon, orange, and mango hops, but there isn’t anything to speak of for malts.

Taste: Liquid Paradise definitely does not disappoint! Just as the aroma indicated, your taste buds get taken away to an island nirvana. There are tons of mango, grapefruit, and other citrusy notes that have just enough of a malt counterpoint to create an exceptionally balanced flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: This is incredibly light on the palate to the point where when I saw the 7.8% ABV, I was astonished. There is just the right amount of carbonation to lift it up but not make it overly effervescent.

IMG_5580Value: My wife bought it so that means it’s free, right!?

Overall: This is an incredible IPA. It drinks like a Session IPA, has the flavor profile of a NE IPA, and has the ABV of a standard IPA. This should be a new class called Suicide IPAs because you can drink it like a Session IPA, but it will come back to bite you. Needless to say, I would give it a 9/10.  The flavors are exceptionally balanced and nuanced, the aroma is great, the can looks sick, you can knock them back almost like Busch Lattes. The only thing holding it back from a perfect score is that it is not super complex, which isn’t a big deal. If you love IPAs, you need to get some ASAP.

I know you’re probably thinking, “Brooks, don’t support corporations during this crisis, you need to shop local!” Don’t worry, I was supposed to do a review on some of the beer I got from my local brewery, Rockpit Brewing. However, we “accidentally” killed both growlers shortly after we got them. So I went to plan B. Needless to say, shop local and support your small businesses, y’all.

Be safe, stay healthy, and most importantly tight lines and cheers!

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