Style: American IPA
- Untappd: 4.33/5
- Beer Advocate:
Henry & Fran Brewing aren't even open for business, but are already gaining a lot of hype. Based out of West Boylston, MA, this small operation is packing big flavors into small batches of beer. I bought my Eventbrite tickets last month and made the drive to pick up my IPAs. I do not know their plans to expand and open a commercial location, but after one sip of this beer, I can say they are worth the hype.
Pours out sunset yellow in color with a murky body and a little over a finger of bright white head.
The aroma...the aroma...is...orgasmic! This is my last can and each pop of the top has resulted in a smile on my face when I dig my nose in. My dear Bruce Almighty, this is a glass of Juicy Fruit gum smothered in pineapple, and total dankness. Tropical candy and gum with peach puree and a big yeast presence explodes like Mt Vesuvius. I want to Febreeze my couch with this.
If the aroma was Mt Vesuvius, then my mouth is now the city of Pompeii and is buried underneath 20 feet of molten flavor. Pliny the Younger himself may have not survived this eruption of ecstasy.
Up front, the same candy and gum intensity from the aroma is just as big, if not bigger, here with the assist from so many tropical notes of peaches, mango, pineapple, and lots of orange peel. The orange isn't too juicy, but it tastes more like orange pulp, and plenty of it. Towards the middle, it transitions to a burst of pine and sap which reminds me of walking through a damp forest after a rain storm. Yeah, taking a hike through the woods with a glass of pineapple juice sprinkled with weed, and then you will have the same experience. The finish goes back to another injection of tropical juice, but has a kick of bitterness and hop juice. I'm getting Mrs. Doubtfire-level hot flashes drinking this.
Mouthfeel is creamy and so soft and the pine and bitterness linger for so long it's like having two sips for the price of one. Drinkability is scary high with no alcohol anywhere.
Painting with Bob Ross was a magical experience. My mind is blown by a 7.1% IPA that is so intense on aroma and flavor that I can't believe this isn't a hop-saturated DIPA. If this is just the start from Henry & Fran, then the future is so bright, I gotta wear shades.
Happy Little Tree indeed! Bust out some Van Dyke Brown and Titanium White and as always, I'd like to wish you Happy Drinking, and God bless!