Style: West Coast IPA
The first batch of this beer was called Pinball and made with Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook, and Columbus hops. After the recipe was tweaked, it became another West Coast IPA: Electro. Finally, after another recipe change with Amarillo being replaced with Simcoe, Echo was produced. This was released in September 2023 as a one time brew. West Coast IPA are known for being overly hop forward, with big pine, citrus and tropical notes, so those were the main criteria I was judging this beer by.
This was light copper in colour with particles clearly suspended in the beer, which I presume is dead yeast. The fluffy white head held well, with many tiny bubbles evident. The aroma was rather delightful, with a big grapefruit peel note jumping from the glass followed by honey, grass and clementine. These were all noticed in the taste as well, but with the bitter grapefruit becoming a touch more juicy. The grass and peach aftertaste clung to the tongue, and the bitterness just kept continuing until the next sip. Carbonation was fair to medium and fitted the style perfectly. The body was rather thick, oily and a tad grainy, but it helped to support the 7.5% alcohol and big, bitter notes.
This was lovely, with fruity flavours balancing perfectly with the crisp, long bitterness on the back of the tongue. It hit all the right notes and this was one of my favourite beers of the entire night. Very nice indeed!