**Note – This is a beer we now make semi-regularly. Check out the beer page here**
We’ve been having a lot of fun this Summer with our Hoppin’ Summer Series! And, given how fast we are going through these beers, it seems like you guys are having fun drinking them, too! We are now up to our third beer in this experimental hoppy series — introducing Hoppy Oat Lucky – a sunny, golden-colored, medium-bodied IPA made with oats and dry-hopped with El Dorado, Warrior, and Amarillo hops, giving it a refreshing citrus aroma, big, lingering notes of grapefruit, and a slight floral finish.
Sometimes my team is very helpful with tasting notes. Other times, well, not so much. When peppering my team for descriptors about this beer, I got a lot of “mmmm.. citrus.”. “Oh, hoppy!”. “Super drinkable!”. “Can I have the rest of this??”. Thanks for the insights, team! 🙂
That being said, here are my tasting notes..
– Appearance: Just a real beautiful sunny, golden color. Slightly hazy from the oats.
– Aroma: Juicy and citrusy with some light tropical notes.
– Taste & Mouthfeel: If you like citrusy, grapefruity beers, then you should love Hoppy Oat Lucky. On first sip, I get lots of orange marmalade flavors which then quickly transforms into grapefruit / grapefruit peel. Brewer Cheryl says it is ‘9 on the grapefruit scale’. Which I think she just means – ‘damn, that is grapefruity!’. The beer finishes dry, and the pithy citrus notes will linger for quite some time on your tongue, along with a bit of floral from the hops. Given that this beer is about 20% oats, I’d call the body medium, which I prefer because it makes it very drinkable on a nice Summer day.
– Pairing: I am kind of thinking that this pairs best with me lying on the beach on a smoldering day, reading a book that I can’t quite put down. 🙂 In terms of food, since this beer is probably most similar to our Beer From Here – Pale Ale, I think it will go quite well with the same type of foods – Fish & Chips, fresh fruit, roasted chicken, salads. For cheese- a nice crystalized aged gouda would work quite well. Ceviche and grilled fish, too!
– Serving glass: At the brewery we will be serving this beer in a 16-oz tulip glass.
– Stats – ABV is 5.7% and IBU is 55
Hoppy Oat Lucky is on tap now (August 11, 2016) until it is gone!