Brewery: Southern Heights Brewing Co
Style: Specialty IPA (21B)
Package: 16oz Can
Canned Date: March 3, 2020
Consumed Date: March 21, 2020
Details From the Brewer
IPA coming in at 7.6% ! This IPA is Triple Dry Hopped with an arrestable amount of Idaho 7, El Dorado, and Citra hops. Grab your closest friend and lead a slow-speed chase over to the taproom to get yours today!
Aroma – 10/12
A huge punch of citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit hits the nose first. There’s a lower level of some tropical fruit, maybe guava coming out as well. Hints of dank and pine notes. There’s a light bread dough malt character. As it warms, there a touch of fresh floral aroma.
Appearance – 3/3
Pours a light straw color with no opacity. The haze isn’t too thick, lending to a bright appearance. Finely packed bubbles make up a dense head that lasts with great retention. Good lacing as well.
Flavor – 17/20
Citrus dominates the start of the taste. It’s quickly filled in with some tropical fruit funk. Medium notes of papaya and guava. A moderate bitterness appears in the midtaste. A low-moderate malt sweetness, with a grainy, white bread character. The intense orange citrus fades a bit as the finish nears, but lingers after. The finish is surprisingly quick, making you want another sip.
Mouthfeel – 4/5
Medium carbonation hits the roof of the mouth. Starts off with a medium-high body, and thins out to a thinner finish. Not astringent, but the finish cleans the mouth out quickly. There’s a nice softness on the end, but not at the chewy level of a traditional NEIPA.
Overall Impression – 8/10
A fantastic IPA. It plays up the citrus-forward hops well. While it finishes a bit thinner than I would like, it leads to it being a lot more drinkable than if it was overly thick or extremely bitter. There is room for more complexity to the hop notes, but I think they were going for a citrus bomb here.
Rating – 42/50
Another IPA that blurs the NEIPA and West Coast styles, but in a good way. Southern Heights has been killing the IPA game since they popped up in Austin. They’re one of the few breweries for which I can say that I’ve never had an off-flavor in one of their beers.