By now, you've probably seen Full Sail's new look. Back in March, the brewery revealed their new branding and packaging designs and also announced the release of two new beers—Hop Pursuit IPA and Blood Orange Wheat Ale. Full Sail sent me some samples and I wanted to share my tasting notes.
Hop Pursuit IPA joins Full Sail's Classic IPA in the year-round lineup. Hop Pursuit showcases the newish hop varieties of Mosaic, Equinox, Simcoe, and as well as Cascade—the classic Northwest variety. Interestingly, while session beers are all the craze these days, Full Sail didn't opt to go the session route for this new IPA. Hop Pursuit weighs in at 6.5% ABV and 65 IBUs. Here are my tasting notes:
Poured into my Luigi Bormioli Birrateque Craft Beer IPA glass. Deep golden in color, clear, with a white head that dissipates very slowly. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, as well as some tropical mango and pineapple. In the taste, resiny pine and grapefruit dominate. Caramel sweetness emerges in the middle to balance the hops. It's fairly bitter, and touch of alcohol is present in the finish.
Blood Orange Wheat is part of the rotating Pub Series lineup and will be available through August. In my mind, this is a bit of a departure for Full Sail, as they have tended to stick with classic styles. The addition of fruit in this beer is likely a response to evolving customer tastes. Here are my tasting notes:
Poured into my Spieglau Wheat Beer Glass. Golden in color, hazy, with a white head that dissipates slowly. Bright orange pops immediately in the aroma. Light herbal and grassy notes are also present. The taste starts with tangy wheat, with orange flavor emerging in the middle. Hop bitterness, mostly herbal, is low. It's light bodied and softly carbonated. It finishes with a touch of pithy orange. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or taste.
At 5.2% ABV, this is essentially a session beer, and a great choice for summer. I like that it has fruit aroma and flavor, but is subtle and not overwhelming.
If you're looking for some new options, give Hop Pursuit IPA and Blood Orange wheat a try!