Sunday, June 10, 2018

Brouwerij West Starfish Hazy IPA

Beer Name: Starfish
Brewery: Brouwerij West (San Pedro, CA)
ABV: 6.8%
How sold: 16 oz cans; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $5.99 for 16 oz. tallboy can

Date Bought: February 26, 2018
Date Received: March 5, 2018 (approximate)
Date Drank: April 26, 2018
When brewed? Limited-time beer.

Commercial Description: "Hazy NE-style IPA brewed with Mecca Grade malt, raw wheat, raw oats, and raw rye. Chinook and Centennial hops. Double dry-hopped. Art by @muretz."

Where distributed: Brouwerij West can be found in California. Unknown if they currently distribute anywhere else. I currently will not find this in the Pacific Northwest. Brouwerij West has been in business since 2010.

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy golden-orange into a pint glass. Unfiltered; sediment at the bottom of the can. Frothy white head; excellent lacing at the top of the glass. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Soft, yet assertive tropical grapefruit, tangerine, and other citrus. Some stone fruit. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Very tropical-forward, soft yet assertive. Oaty and slight malt experience blends in with the tropical. Full of flavor throughout. Aftertaste includes wonderful citrus bitterness (held nicely in check). Otherwise fits the profile of a New England-style IPA. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Extremely juicy; trace dryness on the tongue. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. For me, maybe a slight notch below Picnic Lightning. Another quality New England-style IPA from Brouwerij West. Perhaps one day they may distribute to the Pacific NW.... 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.663/5

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