Brew Review – El Jefe by Crazy Dingo Brewing

Ah, what’s in a name?

A lot of potential litigation, to be honest. I’m still sore that one of our Florida breweries got attacked by an out of state brewer over a really tiny name issue. That’s why I feel a little sorry for Stu and the team at Crazy Dingo Brewing for potentially having to change the name of El Jefe (Hefeweizen, 6% ABV, 17 IBU).

El Jefe by Crazy Dingo Brewing

El Jefe by Crazy Dingo Brewing

Thinking about it, that’s not such a bad thing. If you look at places like Untappd, there are literally dozens of beers named El Jefe. And they’re almost all standard hefeweizens.

This is unfair, because Crazy Dingo’s El Jefe is so much more. Sure, it hits all the standard switches needed for a good hefeweizen: pretty, hazy golden color (that’s a bit red; more on that later); light fruity tang; low alcohol; low to moderate hop character with a slightly heavier emphasis on malt sweetness; and a bubbly, bright character. And some random guy on the bottle.

But, and it’s a big one, adding the adjuncts of strawberry and (of all things) aloe vera really make the beer transcend. The strawberry is very light and gives just a tiny little tang and slight sweetness. The aloe vera was a very interesting addition, giving the beer a more rounded mouthfeel and a slight floral meatiness to an otherwise frothy sort of character. It was very intriguing and I’d be interested to see how it plays in other beers.

What makes me sad about drinking this beer is that it represents the end of my beers from Crazy Dingo. Hopefully I can report on more for you in the near future.

And make sure they all have updated names. If necessary, of course.

Drink Florida Craft,

Dave

@floridabeerblog

floridabeerblog@gmail.com

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