Southern Swells Brewing Company's These Strawberries Taste Like Strawberries IPA
These Strawberries Taste Like Strawberries IPA takes the award for most surprising beer I've had in a long time--quite possibly ever! From the can art, to the color, to the aroma, to the taste, I was completely surprised at each point. Boy was I in for a surprise!
Pouring a hazy straw color with a white head, this brew provided pleasant aromas of hops--mainly citrus and grassy notes. On the palate, this beer was a HUGE surprise. I was immediately hit with a sweetness reminiscent of strawberries. It was light and subtle but definitely there. I double-checked the can just to see if they really did use strawberries in the beer, and they did!
The beer presented a muted malt backbone, courtesy of the 2 Row malt used in the brew, combined with oats and white wheat which really softened the beer and provided an amazing platform. Mid-taste, the flavor of fresh strawberries surfaced yet again before a healthy dose of hops hit the palate. The bitterness and dryness from the hops combined so well with the sweetness of the strawberries. I have to say that the alternating journey of sweet and bitter/dryness from the strawberries and the hops, respectively, really made this beer amazing.
I was very impressed with this beer! It was very balanced and really takes the enjoyer on a journey--you really taste it all in this beer. Cheers to Southern Swells on a unique and tasty brew!