Saturday, November 16, 2019

Mason Ale Works Cloud Cover Hazy Double IPA

Beer Name: Cloud Cover
Brewery: Mason Ale Works (San Marcos, CA)
ABV: 8.5%

How sold: 16 oz. cans; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA) ****bought online
Price: $3.99 for 16 oz single tallboy can

Date Ordered: August 7, 2019
Date Received: August 12, 2019
Date Drank: August 20, 2019
When brewed? Limited-time beer.

Commercial Description: "Hazy Double IPA brewed with Sauvignon Blanc grapes and NZ hops for a super citrusy and earthy IPA. Juicy and big with notes of white peaches, lemongrass, and tropical fruit."

Hops: Citra, Hallertau Blanc.

Malts: 2-Row, Pale Wheat, Dextrin, Rolled Oats, Flaked Wheat.

Where distributed: Mason Ale Works beers are found in California.

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy golden-orange into a pint glass. Unfiltered; sediment suspended in the beer and at the bottom of the can. White head, trace lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Tropical grape with wheat and oaty malt notes. 4/5

Taste (40%): Octane-forward, transitioning to a fermented grape-like experience. Finishes with peachy notes. Almost felt like I was drinking some wine for a sec. 3.5/5

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

Overall (20%): A decent Double IPA. Octane upstaged the tropical fruits a bit too much here. I'm not as high on the grape flavors as other fruits, but it drank as advertised and the stone fruit finish was awesome. 3.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 3.788/5

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