Craft Beer Review: Founders Azacca
I know that craft beer is one of the main things that most people associate the most with being a hipster aside from a strange love affair with PBR, mustache wax, and being a pretentious little prick. I will say this, though, that craft beer has most definitely become one of my favorite hobbies and luxuries in life. Whether I’m brewing it, drinking it, or serving it, it has easily become one of my obsessions.
What’s so special about this beer? Well first off, it’s easy as hell to drink but, doesn’t lack flavor unlike most beers on the lighter side. I know, I know… But Nate! It’s an IPA… If I really wanted my taste buds burned off, I’d rather lick the still-melting cheese off of the inside of a Giordano’s Pizza oven! The great thing is that this beer only comes in at a nice 70 IBUs (International Bitter Unit) whereas beers like Stone Ruination 2.0 Double IPA and Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA come in at 100 and 120 IBUs (which is REALLY bitter), respectively.
I could get into a bunch of detail about this beer and what it tastes like and all of the special characteristics and what it would pair well food-wise with (grilled pork chops and asparagus cooked with garlic and butter) but, what fun does that leave you, the beer connoisseur? Not to mention the simple fact that I would start to sounds like a pretentious twit and you’d probably stop reading this article faster than my sex life started and ended. Being that the case, I’ll leave you with the basics and my final thought on it.
First things first… They used caramel malts in the beer that give it a really nice, slightly sweet backbone to the beer. Next up, the Azacca hops that they loaded this beer up with during the boil while the beer was being made and threw into the fermenter, give this beer TONS of great fruit flavors like apricot, mango, grapefruit, and pineapple. The fruit flavors are not overwhelming however, nor is the beer overly sweet, for those of you who, like myself, don’t really like a ton of sweet fruity bullshit in your beer. Those kinda beers are better left for people who shave their chest and refer to everyone as “brah”.
All in all, this beer rates pretty highly on my list of beers that I like to kick back with on a hot summer day. Seeing how this beer is roughly 7% ABV also, it can take you to a nice happy place with just a sixer.
Not to sweet, nice and light, and just a wee bit bitter, I would give this beer a 9/10.
So go to the liquor store this morning before the game, pick up a sixer of this beauty, fire up the smoker or the grill, and start having yourself a damn good Sunday.
Hey guys, I home brew and stuff also… If you guys would like me to write some how to articles or share recipes for beers I’ve made or how to setup a home brewery on the cheap, let me know in the comments. Otherwise I’ll just keep writing these reviews for you guys.