Tasting: May 1, 2016
Beer #: 926
A recent trade took a fun twist. While I was looking for my trade components to send, I came across a bottle of Wicked Weed Black Angel. Frankly, I forgot I had it and I remembered seeing this beer on my trade partner’s “in search of” list. I messaged her and asked if she’d like the bottle. All I asked was that she surprise me with $15 worth of beer that I couldn’t get in New York or New Jersey. She really did surprise sending this bottle of Betty IPA (92 points Beer Advocate) along with a bottle of Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich – 93 points.
A quick search on seekabrew.com and I see that this greater Los Angeles brewery’s current distribution is limited to just California, Nevada and Arizona.
From the brewery:
Betty IPA is an American IPA boasting a blend of Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe and Centennial hops. We spent 8 months perfecting this hop blend, and we love the huge range of juicy aromas and flavors we were able to hit: tropical fruit, citrus zest, berries, stone fruit and pine are all packed in, soaring over a base of pleasantly bitter 68 IBUs and drinkable 6.5% ABV. She pours a hazy orange-gold with a white frothy head, and marks the first addition to our Year-Round lineup of beers since Double IPA debuted in 2010.
My quick impressions:
A bit fizzy
Hop is not fresh – not sure of the bottling date. Spirals into rough bitterness on finish.
Tangerine Rind some mango
Cannot see how people compare this to New England Style IPA – just not there. Not bad – 87 points.