69 / 100
Pint can purchased from Tasty Beverage Co. in Asheville, NC. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam. Canning date of 01/25/2019.
Very hazy, slightly dark peachy colour with a fine ring of gauzy white that leaves specks of lace. Body is full and firm, with fine carbonation.
Nose is a little bit dirty and chalky, but it does have an underlying character of pasteurized tropical juice, with a bit of guava and banana. Slight pepper comes through as well, which again is not necessarily the character you really want. Aromatic banana and pandan leaf comes through as it warms, giving a bit more of a tropical evocation.
Taste is also a little bit gritty at the start, but it does have more of a rounded fruit character, almost a little bit berry-like, with strawberry and more guava. There's a touch of bitterness towards the back, a little more than you expect for the style, but it may just be the confluence of the extra booze and the front-loaded hops. It's still pretty nice.
Feel is smooth, but with a slight chalkiness.
Overall, it's a pleasant, drinkable beer for the most part. It's not a stellar example of a NEIPA though, so it falls a little bit down on what you feel it's trying to do. I like how well the booze is hidden, at least.