Saturday, November 11, 2017

Belching Beaver Deftones Swerve City POG IPA

Beer Name: Swerve City POG IPA
Brewery: Belching Beaver Brewery (Vista, CA)
ABV: 7.2%
How sold: 22 oz. bottles; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $7.58 for a 22 oz. bottle

Date Bottled: June 20, 2017
Date Purchased: July 4, 2017
Date Drank: July 17, 2017
When brewed? Limited-release beer. This is the second release in the Deftones series.
IBU: 55

What's on the Bottle/Website: "Encore! We had so much fun with the Deftones and out Phantom Bride collaboration that we had to bring them back for a new series of seasonal releases. The outpouring of support from fans at home and abroad could not be ignored. Swerve City IPA captures the tropical vibes of POG juice. With the classic combination of passion fruit, orange and guava, it's like summertime in a bottle! So, sit back, put on your headphones, and drink away. Cheers - Tom" Read more here!

Where distributed: Belching Beaver ships to several states. See if Belching Beaver ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured golden into a pint class. Unfiltered; sediment suspended in the beer. Frothy white head. Some lacing on the glass. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Basically POG on the aroma, mostly guava. Very well done. Very tropical. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Tropical-forward, pretty much POG in a nutshell. Very fruity. Easy drinking for its stated ABV. Maybe could have had a bit more flavor, but still good. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Slight dry tongue, but lovely tropical sticks around. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An excellent IPA. Belching Beaver nailed this one on aroma and was spot on with respect to flavor. It drinks far easier than the 7.2% on the bottle and would be an ideal summertime beer (which is when I had this brew). It appears to be a seasonal release, but if it comes back on shelves, be sure to grab this one. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.425/5

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