Foothills‘ IPA of the Month (June 2015) is the only beer on the market this summer that features a dog prince sporting a crown, hop scepter, and apple (or strawberry, or tomato, or red bell pepper?). When you’re king of the beach like Prince Wally, it doesn’t matter what kind of fruit/vegetable/still beating heart you have in your hand… However, I do find it interesting that the dog is the only fully clothed creature on the beach.
Prince Wally pours a hazy, orange-tinted straw color with a thick, creamy head. This IPA must have been brewed with the mystery produce in Wally’s hand because there is an unexpectedly complex presence of tropical fruits. This fades into your typical IPA citrus on a bready base.
The flavor has a tropical, although mellower, entrance with a muted pineapple/tropical fruit tone. There’s a heavy veil of bitterness that descends on the light fruit mid-sip. This progresses into notes of citrus that fizzle out across the palate. The body is extremely light and has a carbonated/lagerish feel to it.
The June IPA of the Month by Foothills is most definitely a beach sipper. Although the aroma is more complex than the flavor, I could easily waste away an afternoon on the beach with this 22 ouncer. Diehard IPA fans will likely wish that this brew had been whacked a few more times with the hop scepter. However, it makes for a more than suitable summertime session brew. Cheers to hoping for a canned version.
- Appearance: Hazy, orange tinted straw
- Aroma: Tropical fruit, citrus, bread
- Flavor: Muted Pineapple/tropical fruit, strong bitterness, citrus
- Mouthfeel: Light
- ABV: 5.9%
- Size/Price: 22 oz. / $6-$7
- Score: 84