Shark Meets Hipster - DryHop Brewers

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-03-2013

Your next love affair. Light bodied American Wheat Ale featuring truckloads of Galaxy hops. Expect strong notes of passion fruit.
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Photo of DerekQXQX
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the one people talk about because it has a funny name. Well I am from the West side of Chicago and I am NOT OFFENDED, DRYHOP. This beer was okay, I liked Empire better. I prefer my beers hopped, DRYHOP. This tasty Hoppy and Malty, and bitter, and sweet. I would recommend it.

Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1L growler courtesy of Undertaker, thanks buddy!
Quick review from written notes.

Had a couple pours, served in a mini mug. Saturated orange with a light haze, medium clarity, lasting surface coverage with some minor lacing around the edges of the glass.

Aroma is piney and vegetal, reminds me of a handful of pelletized hops, but there isn't any of the advertised passionfruit, or any fruity hop aroma you might expect from galaxy.

Vegetal hop character, dry piney bitterness, almost aspirin-like in the aftertaste. Light body with medium carb levels. Seems like a pretty basic standard issue IPA, not getting the advertised "truckload of galaxy hops" at all. Meh.

Photo of jegross2
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Shark Meets Hipster from DryHop Brewers out of Lakeview in Chicago, Illinois.

Score: 93

Tap pour served in a taster glass as part of a beer flight at the DryHop Brewers Brewpub on 06/28/13.

Appearance: Dull and cloudy tangerine color with a thin layer of froth served. Excellent lacing and cling/retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Dulled tropical notes primarily mixed with aromas of grain sweetness. Mango, tangerine and citrus juice aromas that are vaguely reminisce of the Three Floyds and De Struise collaboration To Live A Rich Life (aka Shark Pants) without the Belgian twist. Hint of sticky, danky hops. 4.25/5

Taste: Tastes like a much more bitter and infinitely more tropically juicy Gumball Head. Less juicy intense IPA-like than the nose led on, and more bitter. Very dry and "leafy" green hops but not "piney." The bitterness lays heavy and lingers on the tongue, but does not "bite" so to speak. I find this aspect quite intriguing. There is a nice sweet juicy malt backbone. Some orange rind flavor too, a touch of passion fruit and tangerine. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, low carbonation. Quite bitter and oily on the tongue. 4.25/5

Overall: A delicious brew that is nice and "bitterly hoppy." I like how the lighter sweet juicy citrus characters add balance and the complexity twist of the wheat beer base. This is a beer I would order a full pint of. Cheers!

Cost: $5 for a 16 oz pour and $6 for a 32 oz (counter-pressured) growler fill.

Photo of stouts4me
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Got a free taste while doing a pub crawl.

Has a similarity to Heady, the yeast I was told, not too bad a beer.

Photo of aussiebeer
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Such a good beer, don't know why passionfruit is not in any other beer

Photo of homebrew311
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is hazy gold with thin head, some retention. Nose is juicy with candied apricot, grapefruit, mango, and a hint of lime. Taste bright , hoppy, and loads of tropical fruit. Bitterness is mild, this Is all late additions of hops and well executed. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall this is a nice hop forward brew with loads of juicy tropical hops.

Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at DryHop. Served in a 5oz taster glass.

A - Looks nearly identical to their pale ale. Hazy golden body topped by lingering white foam. Perhaps a bit less lace on this one.

S - Wheat, cereal grains, a bit more malt sweetness. Hops are citrusy, with a slightly musky guava or passion fruit mixed in. Definitely more balanced than the pale ale.

T - The malt and wheat assert themselves here than The Judge, with only mild hop flavor. Bitterness is moderate, and there's an odd astringent note in the finish that I'm not totally digging. I'm not sure this beer is big enough to handle Galaxy's high AA.

M - Dry, slightly grainy texture, with pleasant carbonation. No alcohol here either, and I appreciate the more restrained ABVs across the board.

D - I liked the production batch more than the test batch I tried a while back, but I'm still not totally sold on this recipe. The concept is sound, but feel like this needed a bit more late-hopping to merit the IPA part of the description; more of a wheat beer for me.

Shark Meets Hipster from DryHop Brewers
86 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.