I did not think it was going to go down like this. It’s red.
When I saw “fruited” West Coast IPA, my mind went to tropical; orange and pineapple. Turns out it’s cranberry and orange.
I am not too big into cranberry in beer. So it was a shock. Not expecting a beer billed as a West Coast to be like that. Not here to say it’s wrong to bring WC into it, just here to say it’s weird, dude.
But hey, I got through it. Not mad. Maybe even glad, as I would have never tried if if I had known about the berry action, so I guess I am expanding my palate and junk.
That said, I am making sure my next beer is not red.
It’s very difficult to choose and it changes often but mine, as I write this, in no particular order, and all from California – so I guess mine is pretty regional too:
Pliny The Elder – Russian River (Santa Rosa).
Mai Tai – Alvarado Street (Monterey)
Like Riding A Bike – Urban Roots (Sacramento).
DDH General Sherman – Tioga Sequoia (Fresno)
Citraholic – Beachwood Brewing (Long Beach).
I know it’s kinda obvious to put Pliny on there but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s true. It is always true.
Side note: This post was inspired by this thread and is worth checking out for the KC influenced responses:
It’s #NationalIPADay ! What are your top 5 IPAS? Mine are: 1. Sierra Nevada Celebration 2. BKS Counterculture series 3. Boulevard Grainstorm (miss u) 4. Alma Mader Smooth Cone 5. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale