An­chor Black­berry Daze IPA

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Fruit Pale Ale & Ipa -

ABV: 6.5% | IBUS: N/A | SRM: N/A What the brewer says

“A funky syn­the­sis of rich earth and ripe fruit, hops bit­ter­ness, and black­berry tart­ness, with al­lur­ing color and aro­mas up front, sub­limely in­tense fla­vors, and a re­fresh­ingly dry fin­ish.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Very fruity, with notes of cherry, rasp­berry, and black­berry, tied up with a grape­fruit hops aroma. The fruiti­ness seems more like a fla­vored tea, and the color is beau­ti­ful. A sweet note of Jolly Roger candy, flo­ral qual­i­ties, and a dank, earthy back­ground.” Fla­vor: “The resinous hops dom­i­nate the first im­pres­sion, let­ting the berry come through in the swal­low. The black­berry fla­vors in­te­grate well with the cit­rusy hops notes, com­ing through as jammy. Com­bined with the bready and cracker malt, it’s like berry jam spread on a bis­cuit. Fin­ishes dry, with berry on the af­ter­taste.” Over­all: “The black­ber­ries aren’t the fo­cal point of this beer, but the brewer made the beer bet­ter with their pres­ence. The malt, the hops, and the berries add a layer of com­plex­ity that is not of­ten seen in most fruited IPAS. With­out the fruit, the beer wouldn’t likely be as good as it is.”

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