This has been a really odd Winter, weather-wise. We’ve had basically no snow and the temperature has varied from 60 degrees to freezing cold. I just want it to be Spring already.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Is the Space Pope reptilian? That question remains to be answered but in the meantime we have his eponymous IPA to consider. Brewed with an astronomical amount of Mosaic, Citra, Hallertauer Blanc and (what else?) Galaxy hops that lend notes of passionfruit and melon to the clean flavors of base malt and a touch of crystal malt for depth of character. When your ecclesiastical jurisdiction encompasses the entire universe, only Cigar City Brewing’s Space Pope IPA will do!”
Random: After doing some research for this post, I found out that “space pope” is a reference to the tv show “Futurama.” I’ve seen a few episodes of the show, but never really got into it.
The beer poured with a large, three finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body of the beer was cloudy and bright orange. I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose had some mango and papaya and then quickly went into some bready malt. The taste started with some tropical fruit, specifically the same mango and papaya and then went into a sweetness from the malt. The tropical fruit notes weren’t as crisp as I’m used to in most IPAs these days. The body was on the heavier side and carbonation was a bit light. It had a quick finish with the malt sweetness. This beer was fine, just not one that I would grab for again.
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0