Tonight’s brew is Cisco Brewery’s Island Reserve HBC 342 Hopsicle Ale. I searched the internet high and low for info about this beer and found next to nothing; only 3 pages of Google results! My guess is that this just came out and thus the dearth of info.
I do know that the beer is fresh-hopped, usually meaning that the brewer adds very fresh hops to the beer. One might assume that this is an American IPA…in fact, that’s how I’m classifying it in lieu of being able to collect any info from the web. I personally feel that there is something fishy here and this isn’t a straight IPA.
Tipping me off initially is the color of the beer, which is a very cloudy golden color. It looks far more like an unfiltered wheat beer than an IPA. For flavors, I’m getting wheat flavor as well! Citrus hops quickly overtake and linger long in the aftertaste.
A tasty and strangely unique beer!
The Island Reserve series are beers that Cisco does in small batches with a limited release. If this brew sounds interesting, run out and find it today before it’s gone!