Saturday, December 30, 2017

Champion Brewing Fruitless Double IPA

Beer Name: Fruitless
Brewery: Champion Brewing Co. (Charlottesville, VA)
ABV: 8.0% (9.0% on the website)
How sold: 12 oz cans; on draft
Where bought: Unknown, was a gift from a friend.
Price: Unknown, was a gift from a friend.

Date Canned: May 18, 2017
Date Opened: September 6, 2017
When brewed? Probably a rotating beer.
IBU: 70 (85 on the website)

What's on the Can: "A West Coast style Double IPA hopped exclusively with the elusive Mosaic hop."

Commercial Description: "Big juicy double IPA hopped exclusively with Mosaic and fermented with British Burton Ale yeast. We think it is the Fruit Basket without the fruit. You be the judge."

Where distributed: Unknown; but likely distributes just within Virginia or the region.

Appearance (5%): Poured a slightly hazy orange golden into a pint glass. White head; some lacing. Poured very nicely. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Abundance of tropical citrus, including orange and grapefruit. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose; ideal mix of malt and tropical. Aftertaste is mainly grapefruit. Very well done. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Fairly juicy on the tongue. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): A outstanding IPA. Thanks to a good friend in Virginia, I was able to try this one. I was more amused that, apparently, the Mosaic hop is deemed "elusive" on the East Coast; I'm used to seeing many beers brewed with Mosaic hops in my area. Champion Brewing did a wonderful job with this take on a West Coast-style IPA. They have a champion IPA in Fruitless! 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.563/5

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