A lot of people don't know that the most difficult thing for new breweries is getting regular access to hops for their beers, especially exciting new varieties that are coming out of the Pacific Northwest. Sun King decided to solve that problem by creating the Fistful of Hops IPA. They put a new can color out ever season. Each color is the same malt bill with a unique hop offering. It keeps the IPA fun and fresh no matter what time of year you get your hands on.
The Green cans just came out last week and I was pumped. It has one of my favorite hop strands in it, Galaxy. I love the sweet tropical fruit and citrus flavor that galaxy brings to teh table.
It pours out a light copper color with an inch of head floating on top like a cloud. There are some nice citrus aromas coming off the beer with just a hint of the malt's sweetness. The smells just make you think of spring turning into summer, flowers blooming and hot summer days. There are big fruit notes and just a bit of grassy aromas. There's a nice citrus rind flavor up front. It gives off a subtle bitterness without overwhelming the overall hop bouquet. The malt flavor is a tasty compliment but subtle letting the hops really shine through. The citrus fruit hop flavors and aromas take over your senses while your drinking this one and I like it. The beer is light and hoppy in all the right ways.
So far my favorite Fistful of Hops recipe is the Winter Release. The Fall Release is a close second and this one comes in third place. Its still a great beer but they've really done some interesting things with this IPA release. I can't wait to see what the last release will be.
Great job Sun King. I give it a 3.5