Review: Roughtail Adaptation IPA (Batch #2, 2015)

The second in Roughtail’s quarterly rotating IPAs, it is packaged in 16 oz cans and again features the adaptable gecko on the can. This was created with all wet Mosaic hops that were on the bine 24 hours before they hit the brew kettle! Throw in a ton of dry hopping (again with wet hops) and an extremely fast canning turnaround and you’re looking at a massive fruity Mosaic bomb. Unfortunately it’s limited to only 80 cases.

Company: Roughtail Brewing Co.

Location: Midwest City, OK

ABV: 6.5%

IBUs: ?

Style/Description: India Pale Ale

Price: $15 (4-pack, 16oz cans)

Appearance: Pours a clear light copper, with big fluffy white head and sticky lace. Pleasant rising bubbles.

Nose: Tons of aroma bursting out of the glass and can, citrus and tropical notes of mango and pineapple. Mild resins and a bit of caramel on the nose.

Taste: Massive fruity hops, tropical flavors of mango, pineapple and peach. Some hoppy pine comes in with just a touch of dank. Light body with caramel malts that don’t even attempt to wrangle in the hops. As I write this, this can is about 10 days old and I can already tell a bit of fading on the delicate high Mosaic fruit flavors, which really does nothing to diminish it and allowing a tad more of the spicy esters to come in.

Finish: Moderately sticky finish, lingering pine resins and hints of the peach.

Overall: When I heard that this beer was wet hopped and insanely fresh I had very high hopes. I was not disappointed. This brew can hang with the big time pales like Three Floyds’ Zombie Dust, which it definitely reminds me of. If you can actually find any left on the shelf buy it all and drink it as soon as you get home. A top notch IPA that I’ve come to expect from Roughtail. Cheers!

Rating: 4.5/5


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