More and more breweries are doing Habanero IPAs, but I find them to be hit or miss (see my review of Ballast Point’s version here). Flying Dog’s Brewhouse Rarity series is equally hit or miss, so let’s see how this one went.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Jim and Pam. Forest and Jenny. Snoop and Mary Jane. For our brewers, that couple that makes us all weak in the knees is Mango and Habanero. The combination of sweet mango and bold Habanero pepper has always been a favorite in casks of Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, which inspired one brewer in particular to pitch a Mango Habanero IPA for our Brewhouse Rarities series. Brewhouse Rarities Mango Habanero IPA was released in February 2014 and flew off the shelves faster than we could brew it. We’re no psychics, but we took that as a sign that you wanted more. And after running it as a tasting room throwback late last year, our imaginary crystal ball was clear that this Mango Habanero IPA was ready to graduate to our year-round roster. Giving it a name that invokes the feeling of conquering an invading tribe, we now bring you Fever Dream. Fever Dream showcases a beautiful trifecta of fruit, heat and tropical fruit-forward hops. The balance of spicy and sweet that has been expertly dialed in, with the heat factor falling into the category where you can enjoy a few pints, rather than just one. We recommend trying this with your favorite Thai foods and curry, or on it’s own if food isn’t your thing.”
Random: I prefer jalapeno peppers to Habanero. I find jalapeno peppers to have a more crisp, vegetal taste.
This beer poured with a thin, one finger, ecru head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange and hazy with a lot of floaties and moderate carbonation. The nose started with grapefruit, mango and then bam, huge spice hit from the hot peppers. The taste started with a mango sweetness and malt quickly followed up in the form of lightly toasted malt. As I swallowed, the spice hit in the back of the throat with an astringent booze note that was unpleasant. Despite this being an IPA, the malt note was too strong and I wish it had more citrus flesh. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with malt and capsaicin heat. A bottle of this was $1.79 ($.15 per ounce). I found this beer to have citrus notes that were too muted and I wasn’t a fan at all. I won’t be having this one again.
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0