Calusa Brewing

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #375
Ranked #3,512
4.45 | pDev: 6.07%
Calusa Brewing
Florida, United States
Notes: North east style Double IPA, brewed with 100% Mosaic hops. "Zero-Zero" is a meteorological term for zero visibility, which perfectly describes this DIPA.
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4.11/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from the 16 oz. can into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Turbid dirty yellow, with a low amount of visible carbonation. Forms only a half-finger of white head, but still manages to have amazing retention. I don't think it's what you would call a traditionally pretty beer, but with the official acceptance of the NEIPA style I think it's close to perfect.

S: Melon and dank, tropical fruits and citrus rind. Biscuit malts and maybe a mild oaty sweetness.

T: Melon, dank, and tropical fruits. Citrus and juicy melons and passion fruit and tangerine. Cracker malts with maybe a hint of husky character. Spicy and dank hops with mod bitterness at the swallow.

M: Average body for style, and average carbonation. The alcohol flavors are fairly well-hidden, though it does seem a bit warming during the drink.

O: A good beer for sure. I would prefer Citronious to this on a personal level, just on the hop profile. But this is a nice turbid IPA.

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4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can Date: 3/2/18
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The color is light straw. Pretty opaque, though not the most opaque possible. Good amount of fine head, plus good lacing.

Lots of sweet grapefruit, and there's some dynamism to it, too. Papayas. Pineapple with minimal acidity. I have to keep looking to remind myself it's not one of those Nantucket Nectars drinks. It just smells delicious. Fruit overload. There's a bit of fresh grass after other things have volatilized.

The taste is far earthier, but that non-acidic pineapple leads the initial charge. There is some white grapefruit on the periphery. Bitter orange, too. Lemongrass and wet moss. Overall, the sweetness is light-medium, and bitterness is minimal. Everything meshes together very nicely.

Very well integrated carbonation. Slight sugar hangs around, but the main aftertaste is aspen wood. Smooth, but dynamic.

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Photo of FLipaFan
4.98/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Exceptional beer. Have had Citronious (Citronious Shake) but this one prompted me to make a review.

Cannot see through the beer- hence the name.
Mosaic hops only- Amazing AROMA and TASTE.
A bit odd to me looking at and then feeling this beer as you drink it.
Would absolutely get again but there seems to be no plans to make any more.

This beer is the best bee from Calusa (Note: As my U/N suggests I am biased towards IPA's) and certainly one of my top picks made in FL.

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3.88/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. Hazy orange. Smells of garlic, orange, a little tropical fruit. Tastes of tropical fruit and then garlic and grapefruit immediately. Some sweet malt but cut by bitterness. Medium body and very drinkable. Excellent.

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4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

While the name might suggest that there's nothing going on in the beer, that notion couldn't be further from the truth. Calusa Brewing takes a few cues from the weather guy in naming their foggy, Mosaic packed, imperial IPA.

Zero Zero pours with the visual consistency of scrambled eggs. Yellow gold and turbid to the max, the beer's heady froth crowns the glass like lemon meringue. And the bredth of Mosaic hop aromas swoon the nose with tropical fruit, citrus, melon and orchard fruit; along with a healthy heaping botanical dose of curiosity. Sweetness of honey, pulled candy and shortcake come to mind as the ale splashes the front of the tongue.

But then the bulk of sweetness lifts and the full array of hops bring a true mosaic of flavor. A tropical medley of passionfruit, pineapple and mango strike first before a citrusy complement of pink grapefruit, tangerine and lemon bring its own unique zing. Together, a sense of lemon sherbet come to mind even as the taste of honeydew, kiwi and cannabis round the session and head for home.

Medium bodied but retaining a moderate honey and biscuit starchy sweetness, the beer's less than dry finish balances the medium hop bitterness of chive, geranium and spruce. Taffy, push-ups, fruit roll-up, you name it. The masterful control of Mosaic hops by Calusa brings Zero-Zero into ten-ten territory.

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4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful, hazy beer with a golden-copper appearance.

S: Strong Mosaic hop smell. Tropical.

T: Way too drinkable for the ABV. This is a great tasting beer.

M: Medium bodied and creamy. Medium carbonation and not unctuous like many other IIPA's

O: Great beer, one that I could enjoy often. While this brewery is quite new, you wouldn't be able to tell that from the beers they're producing right now.

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4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Zero-Zero is as hazy as it's name suggests. Dubbed Citronious' big brother, this mosaic hopped IIPA is just as good. Clocking in at 8% it is extremely sessionable for it's ABV. Very balanced and slightly dry this IIPA only helps define Calusa as an elite brewery.

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 27 ratings