Fill It or Spill It

Big Swell IPA

In Hawaiian Series on September 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I’m not a big IPA drinker, but while in Hawaii I had to try everything I could.  This was actually the first beer I drink while on Maui at the resort.  After a long flight, nothing hits the spot then food and beer.  I really didn’t know what to expect in terms of beer when we arrived, but was glad to find something other than crappy beer.

The beer poured a nice orange amber color.  It had really nice fluffy white head that had good retention.  The carbonation was about average, nothing special.  The ABV was a healthy 6.8%, so it had just the amount of kick I was looking for after that flight.

The aroma was very citrusy and fresh smelling hops.   Again, everything I was expected from a beer from Hawaii.  Where we were on the resort was close enough to the outdoors that we could smell the ocean breeze, so it was heaven.  The aroma let me know that I was in for plenty of hops in this beer.

Surprisingly, the first sip gave some light maltyness, but the maltyness  gave way to a big helping of hops.  There was a slight dryness to the beer which worked well with the hoppyness.  I had to make the “oh that’s hoppy face” ( don’t act like you don’t know what that is), but after a few sips it got easier to drink. The body was good, I’d say a sturdy medium body.

Verdict: Spill It  I am slightly conflicted by the verdict of this one.  It’s a good beer, but like I said I’m not a really big IPA drinker to begin with, so this one was too big for me.  It definitely lives up to its name, because it drinks just like a big wave.  Drinking it is probably like surfing, if you don’t know what you’re doing on the waves, you shouldn’t be riding a big wave.  I’ve made it a point to start drinking IPAs since the trip, so this might have been too hoppy for me the first time, but you better believe I’m coming for this bad boy again!

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