Brewery: Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches
Style: IPA with Tea (30A: Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer)
Package: 16oz Can
Purchased: Beer To Go!
Canned Date: Sell the Kids for Food
Consumed Date: August 11, 2020
Details From the Brewer
IPA w/ Darjeeling tea and the Pink Boot Society hop blend.
Aroma – 10/12
Orange and Mango jump of the nose at a medium-high level. Lighter levels of peach an white grape. Moderate sweetness with a fresh dough malt note. A bit of lavender floral, and a touch of spice.
Appearance – 3/3
Pours a light gold liquid. A strong haze gives it a juice-like appearance. Pure white, small bubbles make up a decent head. It fades with average retention, and maintains a thin ring. Nice lacing as it’s drank.
Flavor – 17/20
Like the aroma, a juicy orange citrus, with mango leads the way. There’s a moderate sweetness with medium bitterness. White grape juice at a medium level is present too. Stone fruit in the way of apricot and peaches some out in the back of the taste. The finish is slow, leaving the fruits behind. Balance is heavily towards the hops.
Mouthfeel – 5/5
A bit over medium bodied. Low-medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel throughout the taste, especially on the finish. Slight alcohol warming in the back of the mouth.
Overall Impression – 9/10
This is a tasty IPA. The lower carbonation works pretty well with the hop character here to help convey juice. The beer isn’t overly thick, and has a nice bitterness as well. A touch brighter hop character would push this beer to practically perfect.
Rating – 44/50
I’m honestly not sure what flavors Darjeeling tea presents, but it’s working seamlessly with the Pink Boots blend. This is definitely my favorite of the collaborations I’ve had so far. I really enjoyed the complexity of this beer, and how it opened up as it warmed.