Sunday, February 10, 2019

Humble Sea Brewing Juice Tube NE-Style IPA

Beer Name: Juice Tube
Brewery: Humble Sea Brewing (Santa Cruz, CA)
ABV: 8.8%
How sold: 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $7.58(!) for a 16 oz. tallboy can

Date Canned: October 17, 2018
Date Purchased: October 28, 2018
Date Drank: November 7, 2018
When brewed/released? Limited-time beer. Released mid-October 2018.

Commercial Description: "8.8% DDH (double dry-hopped) Double IPA w/ a light pale straw glow and chewy fog from the malted oats, flaked oaks, and flaked white wheat.

"A soft silky texture supports explosive flavors from Nelson Sauvin and Vic Secret highlighted in the kettle with a hefty dry hopping of both, followed by a massive second dry hop of the recently released New Zealand hop Moutere along with second minor dry hops of Nelson and Vic Secret!"

Where distributed: Humble Sea Brewing distributes in limited markets, mostly California. It has also been found in Portland, Oregon.

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy very light straw golden-orange into a pint glass. Unfiltered, sediment at the bottom of the can. Off-white head, some lacing. One of the lightest hazy beers I've seen, and it threw me for a loop. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Dank/resiny with tropical citrus and flaky/oaty malts and wheat. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Starts resinous. Transitions into a blast of juicy tropical citrus and stone fruit, with oaty malts. Aftertaste gets more citrusy and really leaves a wonderful juicy impression. Lots of flavor. Kickass for 8.8%. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Creamy and silky. Extremely juicy with trace dry tongue. 4.5/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding Double IPA. I really enjoyed how the tropical citrus blossomed the more I drank this. The only real downside was the dent this beer did to my wallet. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.588/5

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