Wilma’s Wandering EyePA combines two of my favorite things, high octane Imperial IPAs and cheesy puns. This beer is actually a pun within a pun within a pun (EyePA… A human eye on the bottle.. The eye of a hurricane within the human eye… Punception!?). After witnessing all of this, you may be calmly wondering to yourself, “What the hell is going on?”
Rotating the bottle ever so slightly, you will find a detailed explanation to the madness. Cheryl, a serious hophead, plays muse to the creators of this hoppy beverage. This IPA is inspired by her reckless wandering eye that “occasionally” comes out when she’s partying too hard. As such, she was given the nickname “Wilma” by her BFF (Jill?) who was inspired by Hurricane Wilma, which also had a wandering eye that took it from a category 0 to a category 5 real quick… real, real quick. Inspiration within an inspiration…Inspiception!? After witnessing all of this, you may be calmly wondering to yourself, “What the hell is going on?” Anyway… It’s time to crack open this Wilma eye hurricane rain.
The imperial IPA pours a hazy amber with a slight redish brass tint. There’s a thick, cloudy head that hangs around for a substantial length of time. The aroma has a strong orangey citrus character with hints of biscuity/malty sweetness. I’m not entirely sure why, but all this orange reminds me of hurricanes. Oranges grow in Florida… Florida gets hurricanes… But this beer was brewed in Smithfield, NC? After witnessing all of this, you may be… Nevermind…
The flavor also has a very strong orange and citrus presence. This bright citrus is foiled by a heavy caramel malt backbone that really brings out the sweetness. The flavor profile finishes with a bitter hoppy resin. As to be expected, the depth and magnitude of flavor is propped up by a moderately heavy, viscous body.
This imperial IPA was an absolute blast to drink. From the crazy picture on the bottle, to the story on the label, to the unexpectedly sweet flavor… This one is full of surprises; Certainly not your typical imperial IPA. After witnessing all of this, I’m calmly wondering to myself, “When the hell am I going to get to drink this again?”
- Appearance: Hazy amber
- Aroma: Orangey citrus, malty sweetness
- Flavor: Orange, caramel malt, bitter hop finish
- Mouthfeel: Medium plus
- ABV: 12.2%
- Size/Price: 22 oz. / $10 – $12
- Score: 86