This is a beer that I tried and Val tried again when we went to Savor this year. Let’s see how it was.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’re thrilled to announces the release of Blackberry Daze IPA™, a synergistic union of blackberries and hops. Because the blackberry was once wildly rampant in California, it is our ideal choice for this singular Anchor brew. Blackberry Daze IPA (6.5% ABV) gets its hop bitterness and some hop aroma in the brewhouse, but most of the action happens in the cellar when the fruit is added during secondary fermentation. A special blend of loamy, herbaceous hops for dry-hopping complements the brightness and deep complexity of the blackberries. The result is a funky synthesis of rich earth and ripe fruit, hop bitterness and blackberry tartness, with alluring color and aromas up front, sublimely intense flavors, and a refreshingly dry finish. ‘Blackberry Daze IPA is a natural continuum to our growing list of beers made with fruit,’ said Anchor Brewmaster Scott Ungermann. ‘When using fruit in an IPA, we want something that stands up to and also pairs nicely with the hops. Blackberries uniquely compliment the hops, rather than contrast with them. We add some fruit to the brewkettle towards the end of the boil, giving the beer a nice berry jam aroma. Then we add fresh berries in the cellar, imparting a sharp tartness that compliments the beer’s hoppy flavors. The result is an IPA with upfront bitterness that’s countered by tartness and slight sweetness from the berries, creating a play between tart, sweet, and bitter.'”
Random: I’m not a fan of when words are intentionally misspelled.
The beer poured with a huge, three finger, ecru colored head. It went away at a moderate pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was orange with a tinge of red and had a lot of carbonation. The nose started with some woodsy hops and quickly went into fruity, red berries. It also had a grape juice note. The taste started with some piney hops and lemon, but quickly transitions into lots of jammy blackberry with a touch of grape juice. The body was on the heavier side, but wasn’t overwhelming. It had a lot of carbonation as well. The finish was lengthy with berries. A bottle of this was $1.71, which came to $.14 per ounce. I really enjoyed the use of fruit in this IPA. It was integrated quite well, I just wish it had a few more hops.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0