Friday's here, so it's time for beer.
Every Friday, so long as the creek don't rise, this beer enthusiast will take a look at a Florida beer that, hopefully, should be readily available in a local shop or on tap at your favorite bar.
This week we're back in Davie at The Mack House, Holy Mackerel's local nanobrewery, to sample a beer that's being looked at to join the full time rotation: Downpour IPA.
As new brewer Justin Miles has proven, he's up to task of producing some solid new beers for the company. This American IPA is another such entry in the line of experimental beers. As an aside, you can sample of these more culinary beers, like Curry Saison and Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, at the Holy Mackerel pairing dinner with Roho Kitchen next Thursday, November 14th. For $40, a five-course meal will pair a Mack House favorite with some awesome food like poached mussels and cilantro braised short ribs. Seating is limited!
Now that you're thirsty AND hungry, let's get on with it, shall we?
The beer pours a light orange color with moderate lacing. There's a perfect finger of head which takes its time to recede. The aroma is mild but definitely composed of grapefruit and some passionfruit with a smidgen of evergreen. The flavor is a smooth bell curve of hop excitement, with a hard hit of floral and earthy hops that slowly mellows into pleasant bitterness without a strong pine or resin character. It's hoppy but not astringent.
Downpour hails to the glass with three types of hops: Centennial, Chinook, and Simcoe. The fruity and citrusy flavor profile of the Simcoe and Centennieal hops really make themselves known in this one, and the strong dosing of Centennial and Chinook give it that floral hop punch.
As an upcoming mainstay at the Mack House, it's a beer that will satisfy those hop heads looking for something among the sometimes sweeter Belgian styled and malt-centric offerings that are typical of the place.
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