In our current world of overpriced hazy 4 packs, some of the boys at WBOB and I have been on the search for something more cost effective.
Now before we get into tasting notes and such I feel like I need to say that this is, in fact, another big money brewery trying to cash in on the juicy IPA craze. It also can't touch some of the local stuff we have here in New England on the shelf.
From what I was told by my intern, this was $5.99 for a 4 pack of 16 ounce cans, I was skeptical.
Shiner "Wicked Juicy IPA" by Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, is the beer in question.
First impressions on the can art makes me feel like this is the #HazeBoiBait equivalent of slapping "Beer" on a label.
It feels lazy but looking at the receipt and not seeing $20+ on there wonders if this is the only place they saved some money. It pours somewhere in between straw and pale gold color. It has, and keeps a decent small bubble head with some good lacing. "Wicked Juicy IPA" is a 5.7% ABV NEIPA "bursting" (says Shiner) with Citra hops.
I wouldn't go as far as to say bursting, but you do get a nice tropical fruit nose with a decent fruity hop taste, not bitter at all. The body isn't very thick and I think this would be a great summer cookout beer. This beer seems like it would be a good gateway IPA for the new to craft crowd, or the budget minded haze bro.
Checking out Shiner's website, it seems they have moved towards the mainstream a lot since I last had and wrote about them. Gone are "White Wing" Belgian white, which I did enjoy, but no longer see on the website. Their Bock, which is still around was solid too. All in all I would rate this "Wicked Juicy IPA" somewhere around the low 3's out of 5 and would come back to this when the hot New England days are back. Not when it's below freezing out.
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