Founders Azacca IPA (7%)

This is a new seasonal from the Founders stable and hot on the heels of a string of Californian tap take-overs as Founders finally bring their beers into California.

At 70 IBUs, Azacca is named after the Haitian God of Agriculture and right off the bat, you knew this wasn't any homage to the west coast IPAs.

Pouring dark blood red orange in the glass, Caramel malt positioned itself in center stage, holding court while mild grapefruit, mossy woodland greens and Dundee marmalade peel danced around it. Greengage jelly was also apparent before some sour lemons ushered in a leafy, solid, bitter finish.

Founders has never compromised the malty sensibilities in their beers, so it'll be interesting to see how their IPAs stack up against their tropical fruit-heavy Californian counterparts.

A tasty alternative to the "norm" out here in these thar parts. image.jpeg