Origin: Truckee, CA
Style: New England IPA
Hops: Calypso, Azacca, Mosaic, Amarillo, & El Dorado
FiftyFifty Brewing kicked off their craft efforts in 2006 and has been riding along the route of the micro-brewery ever since. They create a lot of different styles but have been running it all with a small, tight crew of brew-heads. The past few years have been a struggle for FiftyFifty, with almost every craft brewery staring down a more difficult path to the customer and handling the closure of their tap rooms. But FiftyFifty is hanging in there with a leaner slate and by offering up their beer to thirsty travellers in farther away lands. So now you can get yourself a can of their work where you may never have before. There are less than a dozen beers currently available, but with nearly 300 different brews produced under their name, FiftyFifty is no stranger to seasonal or limited release beers - as things get back on track you can expect them to return to their innovative takes on classic styles. The West Coast is a classic NEIPA - big fruit and even bigger hops. The eclectic mix of hops in this beer will give you flavour that evolves on the palate and makes a statement. Serves well at 8°C and should be enjoyed promptly.
Pours a pale straw colour with a hazy body and medium carbonation. A thin ring of small bubbles clings to the glass.
Muddled tropical fruit aroma with a bit of mango and pineapple standing out. The riot of hops can be detected but it shifts from a grassy aroma to a more floral scent and then into some earthy leaves. Interesting mixture of scents.
The fruit flavour shows up first and makes itself at home on your palate. It’s easier to tease apart the flavours than it is the aromas, and you’ll find pineapple, mango, orange, honeydew melon, and some snappy citrus zest. The hops crack open as it warms on the tongue and you get a beautiful mixture of floral and leafy flavour that’s slightly sweet and sharp.
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New England IPA
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Retail: $6.49 Club: $4.79