Hex Clouds
Southern Prohibition Brewing

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From:
Southern Prohibition Brewing
 
Mississippi, United States
Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #1,045
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,587
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 10.21%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
29
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 26, 2022
Added:
Aug 23, 2017
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  4
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: None
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Rated: 4.37 by cbuzz24 from Mississippi

Apr 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Newtobeet345 from Georgia

Mar 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.4 by jkermitj from Mississippi

Nov 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.54 by npendres from Wisconsin

Jul 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.3 by Ealanjones from Mississippi

Jul 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by JamesLeung from Florida

Jun 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.26 by MJSFS from Florida

May 20, 2020
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Australia

2.86/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Currently #5 in the Top Mississippi Beers list.

CAN: 16 fl oz pull-tab. Cost $4.59 USD plus tax at Freret Beer Annex in New Orleans, LA for the single can. Pink-green shiny label art with alien themes. No best by date appears anywhere on the can.

"Double Dry-Hopped Double IPA." 7.5% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Murky orange body. Nontransparent but translucent.

~7cm head height. Off-white head colour. ~8 minute head retention (which is nice at this high an ABV). Could be frothier and creamier, but it's robust enough.

AROMA: Orange zest. Pale malt. Flaked wheat. Tropical fruit leanings - tangerine, papaya, lychee. Maybe some booze-ridden old pineapple.

Hop aromatics seem faint and subdued for an imperial IPA, to say the least. If it weren't for the hint of alcohol warmth, I'd peg this for a pale ale given the seeming lack of bold hops going by the aroma.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Has a silky soft mouthfeel that seems to be Southern Prohibition's go-to texture when brewing these new world double dry hopped IPAs. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, approachable, well-carbonated, not unrefreshing. Not pulpy either, like many of the India Odwalla Ales floating around right now.

Hop profile is fruity with tropical leanings, not piney, grapefruity, floral, herbal, or grassy. Papaya, tangerine, pineapple, faint lychee, citrus rind. The fruit notes aren't distinct or clear, blending together murkily. Hop pungency is limited and depth of hop flavour is disappointing...this is billed as a double IPA but it doesn't have the hop pungency of one...maybe an extra pale ale at best. Alcohol warmth is present throughout.

Pale malt and flaked wheat keep any hop bitterness at bay. Flavour duration is average. Flavour intensity is below average, to its detriment. Somewhat shallow for an imperial IPA, to be sure.

It's not dialed-in balance-wise, and its hop profile isn't great. Neither Amarillo nor Simcoe is showcased well, which is a damn shame since Amarillo is my favourite hop. No resins from Amarillo, no oniony/garlicky Simcoe notes. This is all vague tropical character from New World hipster hops.

OVERALL: I don't see why anyone would buy this over any of the myriad superior cheaper imperial IPAs out there. some of which (e.g. Lagunitas Sucks) are widely distributed. ~$5 a can is outrageous for an imperial IPA of this quality, especially coming from the poorest state in the union (not that price affects my ratings). It's drinkable but it has a more noticeable alcohol presence than most beers I've tried in the style, in part because the big hop flavours just aren't there to cover it up.

If this is a top 10 beer from Mississippi, remind me not to move to Mississippi. SoPro has some respectable beers, but if we're being honest this is average at best. I imagine Lagunitas and Elysian are sitting on shelves in Walmarts across the state...by all means buy their beers instead of this.

C / AVERAGE
Oct 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by jbehlar from Mississippi

Apr 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by ruzzal from Texas

Mar 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Tilley4 from Tennessee

Mar 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by Pens1967 from Louisiana

Mar 15, 2019
 
Rated: 3.66 by rangerred from Tennessee

Mar 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Mar 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.38 by Amb3do from Mississippi

Mar 01, 2019
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Reviewed by Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Had on tap at La Biergarten Mobile 2.26.19 (rated a 4.5)

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I’m re-rating this beer May 2020

The hop profile has completely changed from original review... now feature that super annoying wet grass mess. Over ripe mango merging turning into hay? Awful.
Feb 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.15 by animal69 from Louisiana

Feb 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.22 by chris826 from Mississippi

Feb 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.2 by BalancingBrooms from California

Feb 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.61 by JamesStreet from Louisiana

Feb 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Diura from New York

Feb 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.42 by swenny916 from Illinois

Nov 17, 2018
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Reviewed by bstoos from New York

4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Heavy pineapple aroma upon opening the can. There is a bit more melon flavor, but I get a lot of spice. I'm not sure if there is a hop in there that my palate doesn't like or if it was a bit green. Decent, but not my favorite.
Nov 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.9 by CreightonSM from New York

Nov 03, 2018
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Rated by Johan69 from Louisiana

4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Excellent brew. The wheat base adds extra complexity to the NEIPA style
Oct 21, 2018
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Canned 09/12/18.

Pours an awesome hazy golden yellow, with about a finger of thick, frothy foam. As it settles into the beer, an even layer of heavy lace is left around the inside of the glass.

Juicy, overripe pineapple greets the nose first. Balancing hints of tropical fruits play with citrus and melon subtleties. Sweet, juicy, and without any residual hops or bitterness to be found.

The flavor profile perfectly contrasts those qualities found on the nose. Bitter citrus and floral hops come out the gate first, followed closely by a taste of pineapple rind that leaves a subtle lingering bitterness that compliments the piney hops that emerge as well. A complex hazy, one that really takes more than a few sips to fully grasp.

Smooth, juicy, creamy. A medium but aggressively sharp carb works well to keep the hops and citrus bitterness at bay. Finishes slightly sticky, and with a warmth on the back end.
Oct 03, 2018
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Reviewed by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
16 oz can. Pours deep murky orange with tight two finger head that just sits. Citrusy melony aroma. Tastes like it smells but with the citrus and pineapple being more forward. Sweet ripe melon notes are there but are not dominant, come out more as it warms. Really solid back end dank weed and grapefruit peel bitterness, grassy notes at the very end. Could argue there's a little too much going on in the back end, lingers a long time. Medium soft feel just slides.
Oct 31, 2017
 
Rated: 4.92 by hazedandconfused13 from Mississippi

Oct 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.46 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Oct 03, 2017
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Reviewed by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
It pours super hazy to the point of being fully and completely opaque. Nice two finger head with longish retention. The aroma is fruity, especially tropical fruits, and piney, with some nice and prolonged dankness at the end. The taste is malty upfront becoming progressively more bitter, finishing with a nice and intense dank aftertaste. Chewy mouthfeel with hardly any perceived carbonation. What a tasty beer! 
Sep 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by kjkinsey from Texas

Sep 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.43 by crobinso from Colorado

Sep 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Sep 15, 2017
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Reviewed by BigGold from Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Hex Clouds was released in 08/2017 on draft and in pint can 4-packs at the SoPro Taproom, and on a limited basis locally, and periodically on a like basis thereafter. Had at the SoPro Taproom, on draft into snifter, and again poured from pint can, stamped on bottom, "CANNED BY KEEZY ON 08/16/2017," into tulip.

Orange juice, but so much more, due to wheat and extravagant use of newish Wai-Iti and Vic Secret hops, along with Citra and Amarillo. Juicy, fruity, earthy, spicy and dank, soft and pillowy New England IPA in the Deep South.
Sep 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.78 by bl00 from Pennsylvania

Sep 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.33 by kwkdmk from Louisiana

Aug 29, 2017
Hex Clouds from Southern Prohibition Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 36 ratings