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Brew Evaluate – Hop Assault by Barrel of Monks, Melvin Brewing, and Lazy Canine Eating places


I really feel that every one events concerned are going to kill me for this, since this overview is significantly late.

So late that the beer isn’t out there any longer. That being stated, perhaps it’ll come again round once more.

To set the stage, Lazy Canine is a sequence of American eating places based mostly in Southern California, however with places across the nation. They serve a slightly vast ranging menu of American fare, some Asian dishes, somewhat Italian, and fairly a pleasant lineup of beers.

There’s two in Florida, the primary one being on Irlo Bronson Freeway in Kissimmee, geographically sandwiched between Margaritaville Resort and Disney’s Animal kingdom. The opposite is in Boca Raton, not too far down the road from Florida Atlantic College.

Should you’re not acquainted with Lazy Canine’s Beer membership, $40 1 / 4 will get you a free flight every month, a field of beers to deliver dwelling, and different enjoyable advantages. Lazy Canine has a collection of home beers, which you’ll be able to take dwelling in cans, and so they additionally launch quarterly bins of collaborations with breweries across the nation. All of those beers are brewed by Melvin Brewing in Alpine, Wyoming.

The quarterly case on the finish of 2023 was Battle of the Bands, a collection of 4 beers that had been launched by Lazy Canine beforehand and have been voted on as being the very best by Lazy Canine’s Beer Membership members. Of the 4 beers on this case, just one was a real IPA.

A double IPA the truth is, and that’s the place issues get humorous as a result of the collaborating brewery for this was Boca’s very personal Barrel of Monks: A brewery that, up till lately, by no means strayed past their strict adherence to Belgian-style beers. And to have collaborated on a beer like Hop Assault (Double IPA, 8.5% ABV) is amusing.

As Barrel of Monks co-founder Kevin Abbott instructed me, it’s nice that not solely did they make an IPA, however the Beer Membership members thought of it to be the very best IPA that Lazy Canine launched of their Beer Membership bins.

I’ll say, it’s good. Fantastically good.

It pours a hazy golden yellow, and the aroma is large on pineapple, mango, lemon, lime, and perhaps somewhat little bit of creamy lactose. Unsure what of these adjuncts have been added to the beer, however it’s splendidly juicy in each single means.

Actually, if this had been listed as a New England IPA, I might not bat a watch.

It’s extremely favorable and delightfully tropic, with notes of pineapple and cantaloupe to start with, then letting notes of ruby purple grapefruit, lime, and Meyer lemon come by on the finish. As soon as it sits for a bit, you’ll get a easy floral hop, with nearly a hibiscus-like tang.

It’s flavorful, it’s wonderful, and an effective way to signify Boca and Florida. Sadly, it isn’t out there anymore. With the beer bins and the Beer Membership, if you first register you’ll not get that quarters’ field. You’ll get normal core beers from Melvin, and your membership might be registered in the direction of the subsequent field.

That is vital to notice, since extra Florida is coming within the subsequent field, which makes me very pleased. Within the meantime, I can solely hope that Lazy Canine is ready to maintain one other vote and we’ll have Hop Assault come round for one more encore.

Drink Florida Craft,

Dave
@floridabeerblog
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