Episode 61: Jack Russel Farm Brewing’s Captain Boomer’s IPA
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I’m Andrew Burkum and it’s that time of the week again where we pick a bottle from that massive craft brew aisle hoping to find a hidden treasure.
Captain Boomer’s is named after the character in Moby Dick as well as the name of the adorable terrier that graces the label. It pours a hearty amber color with a nicely developed foamy head. It smells exciting and refreshing with a scent full of nectarine and pine needles.
But what about the taste? According to the website, Captain Boomer’s is is a departure from the traditional English style in its sea of flavors and big, chewy mouthfeel. I found it actually to be just a little thinner than I expected based on that description. It’s not bad by any means but I definitely wouldn’t call it chewy. It has a lovely all-over bitterness that has just gone missing in this current trend of juicy IPAs. It’s got that solid pine flavor that takes me back to the early days of the IPA craze where the goal seemed to be to pack as much evergreen as possible into the beer. The flavor hangs around for a good while after the swallow. The website also mentions a “coffee bitterness,” and while it’s not roasty and toasty like a porter or a stout I can definitely get the essence of that bitterness here.
I have to say that I’m a tremendous fan of this beer. It’s something that might have been a conventional IPA just a few years ago but it definitely bucks the current trends and stays true to a more classical IPA profile. I love this and I hope that Jack Russell has great success with this beer and continues to produce it for many years to come. It’s a 7.1% Alcohol by Volume. It receives the Two Minute Beer Review seal of approval!
Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I take a look at Vanilla Bean Milk Stout from Blaker Brewing in Ceres, CA. Is this one straight-from-the-cow delicious? We’ll find out next week! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes.
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