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IPA - New England
ABV:
6.5%
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4.43 | pDev: 7.22%
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J. Wakefield Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Yay for kitschy artwork/design on beer labels! JWB brings us this hazy NEIPA with Mosaic, Simcoe, and a new "experimental" NZ blend called NZ Exp 60, which boasts notes of "lime, passionfruit and lemon zest" according to the growers' press release. Sounds like the recipe for a really cool beer. Hoping it lives up to my expectations.

Pours a solid, opaque orange color with a huge, fluffy, dense head of bone-white foam with a slightly off-white undertone to it. Fantastic legs and really solid, webby lacing appearing after the suds settle to a couple fingers. Yeah, this is awesome looking, probably one of the best looking NEIPAs I've seen recently. The foam stability alone is bonkers good, and the color is hazy-hued, yet stately and refreshing-looking.

The nose is very much Simcoe-driven from my initial sniff. Huge resinous and grapefruit notes with pine needle backing and a helping of funky earthiness from the Mosaic. That NZL blend really picks up in the clearing after those elements, though, bringing out superb, bright, punchy aspects of passion fruit, lychee, lime, and papaya. Freakin' what?! Is this for real? The one-two punch of appearance and scent here is enough to solidify this as one of the absolute best hazy, hoppy pale beers I've had over the last few months. Incredible.

Happy to say that the flavor profile is fantastic as well, with an upfront hit of resin and grapefruit rind melding with a mid-palate of hefty maltiness that quickly disappears, making way for a plethora of superb fruity aspects ranging from passion fruit to mango to ripe nectarine. Tons going on here, but it's all very smooth and natural feeling, with little-to-no bitterness in the backend. My only real issue with this beer is that the feel is almost a little TOO pillowy and soft. I would prefer just the slightest bit more bite here, if only to keep it going on the palate. These flavors are so good and well-defined, but they kind of flash in and out a bit too quickly, and I think more-focused carbonation (and perhaps a slightly-altered water profile?) could get them to pop more (and stay popping longer). This is just awesome, though. One of the best NEIPAs I've had in months. I already knew I loved NZ hops, but this experimental blend is one to keep an eye out for. Dank.

Jun 23, 2020
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Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 3 ratings