Friday, December 1, 2017

Mikkeller ISan Diego) Windy Hill New England Style IPA

Beer Name: Windy Hill New England Style IPA
Brewery: Mikkeller Brewing San Diego (San Diego, CA)
ABV: 7.0%
How sold: 16 oz. tallboy cans
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $3.99 for 16 oz. single tallboy can

Date Purchased: July 28, 2017
Date Received: August 8, 2017
Date Opened: August 11, 2017
IBU: 70 (per Untappd)

When brewed? Limited-time beer with a rotating series of hops. This version of Windy Hill has Southern Cross and Wakatu hops from New Zealand. Mikkeller San Diego releases new limited-time beers every month.

Where distributed: Mikkeller San Diego distributes within California.

Appearance (5%): Pours a hazy light orange into a pint glass. White head, good lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): A mix of citrus tropical, floral, spice, and yeasty notes. Still mostly tropical aroma. 4/5

Taste (40%): Starts slightly tropical, becomes slightly floral/Belgian IPA-like, then reverts to citrus aftertaste. Interesting experience that I found mostly positive. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Some dry tongue with some juicy. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An awesome Double IPA. Mikkeller's San Diego taphouse came out with several New England-style IPAs throughout the year, each for a limited time. I like that this beer specifically has a rotating hop blend. Further proof that this hazy IPA style is here to stay. The beer overall was a good one, and I certainly hope that the releases will make their way to the Pacific NW. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.05/5

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