Sunday, June 24, 2018

Fall Brewing Brainwash IPA

Beer Name: Brainwash
Brewery: Fall Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA)
ABV: 6.4%
How sold: 4-packs of 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $21.49(!) for 4-pack of 16 oz tallboy cans

Date Canned: December 29, 2017
Date Bought: January 25, 2018
Date Received: February 5, 2018
Date Drank: February 13, 2018
When Brewed? Limited-time beer.

Commercial Description: "Unfiltered - India Pale Ale triple dry hopped with Simcoe & Citra & a 4th dry hop of Ekuanot & Galaxy"

What's on the Can: "Brainwash - Unfiltered IPA - India Pale Ale triple dry hopped with Simcoe and Citra (featuring 6 pounds per barrel of Simcoe & Citra), and just to make sure we got it right...a 4th dry hop of Ekuanot & Galaxy."

Where distributed: As of February 2018, Fall Brewing distributes within California.

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy light orange into a pint glass. White head. Some lacing at the top of the glass. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Sweet citrus tangerine and stone fruit with slight, complementing resiny notes. The tropical shines. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Tropical from start to finish, with some resiny notes. Mostly tangerine and stone fruit. Citrus through the aftertaste. Citrus bitterness there, but kept in check nicely. 4.5/5

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

Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. As more and more breweries get into the hazy IPA game, I find it necessary to keep track of the breweries that I think do this style properly. Fall Brewing is one of them. The tropical is the star, and Brainwash is such an easy-drinking brew. Putting this one in the "dangerously awesome" category. I was forced to pay a pretty penny to get this (they were out of single cans at the time), but I'm happy that I have three more of these to enjoy on my own time. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.538/5

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