The Two Minute Beer Review
The Two Minute Beer Review
Andrew S Burkum
Tasting all the beer two minutes at a time!
S1E41 - Moonraker Brewing's Amelia IPA
3 minutes Posted May 6, 2019 at 1:52 pm.
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    It’s the Two Minute Beer Review!
    I’m Andrew Burkum, and once again I’m your companion as we face down that massive craft brew aisle in search of the hidden treasures we’ve been missing out on all along.
    This week we’re going to take a look at Amelia Coconut IPA from Moonraker Brewing in Auburn, CA. Is this one worth the climb up the palm tree? Let’s find out!
    Amelia pours a hazy straw yellow and looks quite a bit like pineapple juice. So far we’re definitely keeping to the tropical theme. It smells like juicy citrus mixed in with a soft wave of coconut cream. Actually, there’s a surprising amount of this coconut smell—the beer smells almost like a Pina colada!
    But what about the taste? This beer is instantly sugary on the palate, with only a tiny wash of bitterness right at the very end. The flavor carries that same creamy coconut character that I noticed in the scent—I’m guessing that the creamy nature is from the lactose that is listed on the label. It gives the beer a very milky finish that enhances the general feel of drinking a coconut cream pie. Amelia starts sweet and finishes sweet. I find that that little bit of bitterness in there isn’t enough to offset that impression. If you like your beers sweet then this is one for you, if not, not so much.
    Amelia is a very interesting brew and there are things about it that I like—especially that smooth and creamy mouth feel. But at the end of the day the overpowering sweetness keeps it out of the recommended column for me personally.
    Amelia is available in cans and on tap at Moonraker’s facility in Auburn, CA. It runs a 7.0% ABV and might be just your thing if you’re looking to substitute a nice, healthy beer for your usual dessert.
    Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I take a look at Dust Bowl Brewing’s 10th Anniversary Barrel Aged Blend! I’m excited to be celebrating the birthday of one of my favorite breweries out there and thrilled to have gotten my hands on a bottle of this extra special brew for the occasion. Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes and as always, be sure to follow the Two Minute Beer Review on Facebook and twitter for information on upcoming episodes and events.
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