The beer I'm looking at as I'm sure you know having read the title of this post is Yellow Snow IPA by Rogue Ales, a brewery in Oregon, USA, and is one I've never tried before so I've definitely been looking forward to giving this beer a taste, since it does have a very respectable rating of 85 on Beer Advocate. It's 6.5% ABV so a nice reasonable strength, and this being an IPA I feel I should mention the IBU rating. IBU stands for "International Bittering Units" and is literally a measure of how bitter a beer is. Most beers rate anywhere from 20 to 45 on this scale and anything higher can be considered pretty dang bitter. This beer clocks 70 IBUs so is fairly bitter in that regard. Now with that out of the way, on to the tasting!
Uncapping the bottle with a satisfying "tsst" sound, I was greeted by the pleasant aroma of grapefruit, possibly slightly bready aromas and a slight malt. Smells that all make you want to drink it, for sure!
On the pour, this beer is a glorious amber colour with a good head that leaves a decent amount of lacing as it fades. The fruity aroma was only amplified with pouring this into the glass, very nice.
This beer tastes great, the fruitiness comes through strong, definitely grapefruit tastes there and the bitterness that lingers afterwards is akin to rubbing a fresh lime on your tongue and letting it sit. Those bitter flavours stay on your tongue long after the initial taste of the beer has left, and depending on your taste, could make or break this one for you. This one doesn't taste too carbonated, despite sounding so when I popped the cap off, which is very nice, has a small carbonation which enhances the feel in the mouth.
This is probably a beer I'd come back to, not as my regular, but if I wanted something fruity and bitter as sucking lemon rind. One to try if you're the kind of person who likes IPAs.
If you like this beer or want to recommend me something to try, maybe you found something so bitter it sucks your cheeks in and dries your mouth out like desert sand. If so, leave a comment below and I'll take a look and take all beer recommendations into consideration for review!
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