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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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Hoppy Peaches is the 2009 version of American Dream Ale with peach juice added.
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
More sunshine-soaked lemons than peaches, with a slim slice of pastel lemon foam riding atop the beer. From such humble beginnings did a ridiculous amount of lace form. Thick creamy rings marched all the way down the pint glass, almost completely obscuring the opposite side.
In the hands of a talented brewer, any IPA that uses Amarillo, Simcoe and Ahtanum (and is dry-hopped with a ton of Amarillo) is bound to smell as amazing as Hoppy Peaches. The peach juice gave the beer an added shot of fruitiness that didn't come close to obscuring the gloriousness of the hops.
The previous sentence applies to the flavor as well. Since peaches aren't my favorite fruit, I was happy that the flavor of the juice was supporting rather than dominant. Puckery pink grapefruit led the way, followed in no particular order by tangy tangerine, plush peach and luscious lemon. Talk about a juicy summer fruit salad of an American IPA!
Another outstanding feature (there were so many) was a perfect sweet-bitter balance. The IBUs must have been generous, but the potential buzzsaw bitterness was somewhat smoothed off by the sugars from the peach nectar. I don't care what any hophead says, bitterness needs some amount of sweetness for contrast. There was more here than in the typical AIPA, but it worked out great.
The mouthfeel definitely benefitted from the added sugars, both in terms of fullness and in terms of slightly more carbonation than cask beer usually delivers. Lush is the best way to describe it... like biting into a ripe peach and letting the sticky juice drip down your chin. Cask Ale Mouthfeel Hall of Fame, here we come.
This bittersweet masterpiece is one of the top 5-6 beers to have ever appeared at the West Des Moines Rock Bottom. I'd love to see wdmrock get his hands on some mango nectar and give us... Hoppy Mango! It would undoubtedly be amazing, but there isn't much room at the top for it to be better than Hoppy Peaches.
Serving type: cask
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 4508 University Ave, West Des Moines
07-15-2009 18:40:44 |
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