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Iron Hops: WarPigs Brewing Foggy Geezer

WarPigs Brewing Foggy Geezer Hazy IPA (8.0% ABV)

Pour: 12oz can into a snifter

Appearance: Pours a pale, hazy gold with about an inch of fizzy, persistent head. It almost looks more like a Belgian Strong Ale than an IPA. Plenty of beautiful lacing.

Aroma: Sweet and fruity – mostly tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, a bit of lemon/citrus. It smells wonderful.

Taste: A lot of tropical fruits here, too – especially up front. Candied pineapple and lemon/lime zest, something a bit bready or malty in the middle. Grapefruit in the finish, along with a bit of alcohol. Mostly alcohol in the aftertaste, with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, moderately sticky finish. Some coating, but not as much as I’d expect.

So about a month or so back I had my first experience with WarPigs Brewing, the new collaborative effort between Indiana’s 3 Floyds Brewing and Denmark’s Mikkeller. The beer in question was their Lazurite American IPA, and I was pretty damn blown away by it. So when I saw Foggy Geezer on the shelf at my local, I didn’t even hesitate before picking it up, and I’m glad that I did – honestly, it might be even better than Lazurite.

It feels no less strange to type this about Foggy Geezer than it did when I reviewed the Lazurite, but this is another well-balanced IPA that wont; completely destroy your palate, which isn’t exactly what Three Floyds is known for. Based on the flavor profile, I’m guessing that this one is heavy on either Mosaic hops or something remarkably similar. Tropical fruit notes dominate, which makes me pretty damn happy – given the proliferation of both bitter and citrusy IPA variants, its nice to see another style starting to gain in popularity. Not overwhelmingly sweet and just bitter in the finish to satisfy, and the generous 8% ABV doesn’t hurt, either. In fact, I might go so far as to call Foggy Geezer the closest thing to a perfect beer that I’ve had in quite some time. I seriously cannot wait to see what WarPigs releases next.

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