Friday, January 26, 2024

Vice Beer Versa IPA: Past Future IPA (Columbus x YQH-1320)

Beer Name: Versa IPA: Past Future IPA (Columbus x YQH-1320)
Brewery: Vice Beer (Vancouver, WA)
ABV: 7%

How sold: 16 oz. tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Unknown
Price: Unknown, gift from a friend

Date Canned: April 6, 2023
Date Drank: July 2, 2023
When brewed? Likely a limited-time beer as part of their flagship Versa IPA series.

Commercial Description: "Our flagship IPA series is back for round 3 and this time we pit the tried and true Columbus hops against the all-new YQH-1320. The result is a mashup of pineapple, Orange and grapefruit peel flavors in a clean-drinking IPA!"

Hops: Columbus, YQH-1320.

Where distributed: Ex Novo Brewing distributes to several areas, including the Portland (OR) Metro, Los Angeles, SW Washington. Japan, and San Francisco Bay Area markets. Ex Novo also has a taproom in Corrales, NM.

Appearance (5%): Initially poured partly-clear straw golden into a pint glass, then sediment from the bottom of the can turned it hazy. Sediment suspended in the beer. Frothy white head, some lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Sweet, almost smoothie-like citrus. 4/5

Taste (40%): Sweet citrus throughout with very slight octane. Some earthy/grassy notes, but the aftertaste is all citrus/citrus peel. 4.25/5

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

Overall (20%): An excellent IPA. Vice Beer appears to be a new brewery in the Pacific NW, opening up after I left the area. Loved the assertive citrus flavors on this one, and if this is their flagship IPA series, I hope to try more versions in the future. 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.188/5

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