Sunday, September 29, 2019

Mike Hess Brewing Wizard of Haze IPA

Beer Name: Wizard of Haze
Brewery: Mike Hess Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA)
ABV: 5.0%

How sold: 12 oz. cans; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $3.99 for single 12 oz can

Date Canned: May 7, 2019(?)
Date Purchased: May 31, 2019
Date Received: June 6, 2019
Date Drank: June 27, 2019
When brewed? Limited-time beer. Released for the 2019 San Diego County Fair, which ran from May 31 to July 4, 2019.
IBU: 37

What's on the Can: "San Diego and IPAs go together like Dorothy and Toto, and Mike Hess Brewing is proud to once again craft this year's San Diego County Fair beer, The Wizard of Haze IPA. What's behind the curtain, er, under the lid? A hearty blend of Midwest barley, wheat, and oats, courageously loaded with a lion's share of Idaho 7, Strata, and Citra hops. Our brains hurt just thinking about all the tropical citrus flavors that will hit your senses like a team of flying monkeys."

Where distributed: Mike Hess Brewing likely just distributes within California.

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy golden into a pint glass. Unfiltered, sediment at the bottom of the can. White head, some lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Tropical sweet citrus grapefruit with complementing wheat and oaty malts. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose. Pleasing, juicy, soft tropical citrus from start to finish, with complementing wheat and oaty malts. Finishes wonderfully with more tropical tangerine and other citrus notes. Very refreshing. 4.25/5

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

Overall (20%): An excellent IPA. I love the name of this beer, based off one of the few movies I've ever watched. Great flavor for 5% ABV. Mike Hess continues to brew kickass beer, and I wish I could more readily get them in Portland. The pop-top can is also very unique; that alone should be worth the buy for beer lovers. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.388/5

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