Cloud Party | Highland Park Brewery

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Brewed by:
Highland Park Brewery
California, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MFMB
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy peach like color. Thick white head on heavy pour. Notes of mango skin, guava and grapefruit pith. Taste of tropical fruits, mangoes and pineapple with notes of citrus pith and lemon zest. Sticky malt notes throughout this beer that balance out the beer. Pithy bitter notes to finish. Smooth thick creamy body, slight alcohol burn as the beer heats up.

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Photo of wally_world
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was lucky enough to receive a 4 pack of this from a friend in CA.

The aroma is substantial and full of citrus/papaya.

The mouthfeel is soft, but with plenty of carbonation.

The taste is citrus forward, but maintains a slight hop bite with light, dry OJ finish.

Overall, a really solid beer from a brewery I had not previously had beers from!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fmccormi
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a flared pilsner glass—AZ Wilderness’ Wilderpils glass. This has a canning date printed in black ink at the heel of the can, if you will, which reads “Canned On 10.26.18”, making this beer three days old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (3.25): This pours two fingers of fine, mixed grain size foam capping a murky, muddy tan body. The head dies down at an average rate, leaving little in the way of lacing and just a thin film on the surface of the body. This seems to be a thing with Highland Park’s canned (D)IPAs: average-ish head, disappointing lacing and retention.

Smell (4.75): The nose on this is straight up orange hard candy with key lime juice, champagne mango flesh, floury raw biscuit dough, freshly muddled mojito, and pineapple rind. This is crazily aromatic, throwing more of that pineapple rind edge as it opens up, projecting an earthiness that wasn’t apparent at first. It’s that mojito aroma that I’m really digging though, with just that perfect note of green, leafy mint. And, wait for it—a very clear Juicy Fruit aroma. Was not expecting that … nor was I expecting to like it so much.

Taste (4.0): On the palate, the beer comes across and cleaner and more direct: a quick, gentle bitterness showing leafy mint, a touch of herbal bitterness, and a key lime zest note that transitions smoothly into softer plum, light apricot, and Juicy Fruit flavors. That soon gives way to more bracing, yellow grapefruit pith bitterness with a slightly earthy undertone. Meanwhile, there’s a somewhat muddled malt body peaking out from underneath, showing half-cooked whole wheat bread dough, a touch of white sugar cookie, and a very light-colored, very soft caramel flavor. It’s masked mostly by an earthy, spicy hop burn that obscures the malt with its grainy, slightly savory impression. It dissipates into that bitter, herbal, pithy finish, which hangs on for a minute. No sign of booze, possibly masked by the hop burn.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Silky and juicy, the body of this beer is full and juicy but not much more than medium-weight, realistically. The carbonation feels … a bit muted at first, rolling in quietly to lay down a fairly even layer of fine-ish grain bubbles before foaming up softly and modestly, dissolving to a very fine-grained tingle. The hops dry it out thoroughly but nowhere near too much, making this more drinkable than it should be. The hop burn slows it down, but almost no sign of booze.

Overall (4.0): I’m a bit conflicted with this beer. On the one hand, the nose and certain aspects of the palate point toward absolutely bonkers-level greatness. On the other hand, the appearance is nothing to write home about, and the malt body on the beer kind of brings it down a bit by feeling neither well-formed nor clean enough to forget that fact. The mouthfeel is even somewhat of a mixed bag, betraying a good (D)IPA that suffers a bit from the same things that resulted in an only-okay appearance. That said, I really enjoy drinking it. Recommended for the (D)IPA tourist and NE-style enthusiast.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - light orange color, murky body, finger of white head

A - orange rind, lemon, dank hops, orange sherbet

T - Lemon and orange zest, dank juice, doughy malts

F - Comes up a bit light, but not watery. No alcohol.

O - Solid. Citra was bigger than the Galaxy and the body was a tad thin. Still flavorful and easy to drink.

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Photo of amano_h
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its outward appearance may be atypically cloudy for a Highland Park brew, but this beer still embodies the same "Old school with a twist" vibe that I've been picking up from my past run-ins with HPB.

Aggresive quotients of melon, grapefruit, dried orange peels, and guava comprise the main aromatic profile of the beer. The Galaxy-based tropical fruit elements slowly engulf its softer/more ascorbic Citra counterparts (melon, grapefruit, orange) with the passage of time; there is an extremely faint saltine-cracker like resemblance of malt which peeps its head if you let the brew sit for a hot minute as well.

The flavor is where the whole "West Coast IPA with a twist" really factors in. The same Citra/Galaxy combination come at you with full force as they would with an aggressively-hopped West Coast IPA with a hop bill that contains 8-9 different hop combination (e.g. Stone Brewing Co. Enjoy By series, Green Flash West Coast IPA), but finish is as dry if not drier than your average North East IPA, with an intense hop bite and some heat to remind you that HPB doesn't take insults laying down. In case you had any doubts as to HPB's brewing prowess, the palatal expectations align nearly perfectly with the olfactory: pineapple, melons, grapefruit rinds, and guava coat the tongue with each sip.

Medium-bodied with a soft, tingling carbonation. Not quite velvety/sticky like those IPAs brewed with flaked oats and other malt-derived proteins from the East, but there's enough going on in the mouthfeel department that you won't be chugging or shotgunning this one yelling "Roll Tide"or "Fight Ducks, Fight!"There's a wee bit of heat detectable on the back of the throat, but not substantial enough to disturb the drinking experience altogether.

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Photo of NonicPanic
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pants678
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avas
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrlocke
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloud Party from Highland Park Brewery
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 13 ratings