Beer Review: Juicy Double from Foamers’ Folly

Foamers-Folly-logoFoamers’ Folly is a brewery based in Pitt Meadows BC. They don’t distribute to Victoria at all, so when a friend in Vancouver sent me a bottle of their Juicy Double, I was over the moon.

Juicy Double is a dry-hopped double white IPA with strawberries. The commercial description reads

Tropical fruit aroma with a vibrant golden glow and a white crown. Pop of juicy hops, citrus and strawberry flavours balance the creamy full body.

Stats:

  • ABV: 9.0%; IBU: 90
  • Malt: 50% Canadian Wheat, 42% Canadian Pale 2-row and 8% Flaked Oats
  • Hops: Columbus, Citra, Simcoe. Dry-hopped with Galaxy and Belma
  • Other important stuff: Pacific Northwest Strawberries

Review:

Juicy-Double-IPA-1This beer poured out a slightly hazy golden colour with two fingers of puffy white head that settled slowly and left light spots of lacing as the glass drained.

The nose was fresh strawberries with hoppy tropical fruit notes of mango, papaya and pineapple, along with citrus notes of orange peel and grapefruit rind, and just a touch of pine.

The palate was along the same lines, with rich notes of strawberry, pineapple, mango, papaya, orange, grapefruit, a touch of resin, and a backbone of bready malt and oats.

The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, smooth and silky from the oats, and juicy from the fruit, with moderate carbonation. The finish was a touch sweet, but not cloying .

This was the first Foamer’s Folly beer that I have tried and I was really impressed. You wouldn’t think that strawberries would work in an IPA, but they really augmented the flavours of this big fruity hop bomb. The oats added a really nice element to the mouthfeel that made it almost like an North East IPA and the 9.1% ABV was concealed incredibly well.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Serving temp: 7-10C

Glassware: Spiegelau IPA glass

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