Saturday, March 8, 2014

Coalition Brewing Company - Space Fruit

Spaced out?
More cowbell! Remember that skit from SNL? There was a message in the middle of all that zaniness: you can never have enough of a good thing. Or can you? Hmmmm...

Tonight, I'm sipping on some Space Fruit Citrus Infused IPA from Coalition Brewing Company. Apparently, big citrusy hop flavored IPA's weren't enough for some people. The folks at Coalition Brewing decided to ramp up the citrus hop flavors in a West Coast IPA by infusing five different citrus fruits into the brew. I'm not sure how they did it but they did.

Space Fruit comes with a 7.0% ABV. There's some teeny, tiny printing on the label, but to tell you the truth, without my glasses on and the hour approaching 10PM, I can't read it. So, let's get right to it.

The beer poured into my trendy lil' IPA glass a hazy, golden orange color with a white, foamy head. The head came up to almost two fingers thick and dissipated slowly. Lots of sudsy lace was left behind.

Aroma was citrus and piney hops. Grapefruit and lemon rind. Interesting pungency to the stuff.

Taste was grapefruit and tangerine. Rind-like bitterness. Sweet, juicy, tropical fruit followed up the initial bitter citrus sock. Nice balance between the bitter and the sweet, actually. Different, that's for sure.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Dry finish leaves a final bitter note rolling around on the taste buds.

If you like loads of citrus flavor in your beer, this is the one for you! I like it. Space Fruit earns a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4 AND a Droolie. The dog absolutely would NOT leave me alone while I was drinking this brew.

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