Brew Review – Spook Hill by Red Cypress Brewing

Imagine pulling up to a white line in your car. You come to a full stop, put it into neutral, and ease your foot off the brake. Suddenly, your car – gasp – starts rolling backwards up the hill, which logic dictates is not possible. The car should only be able to roll down a hill. What sorcery is this? How could it be?!?!

You’re on what is referred to as a Gravity Hill. And a Gravity Hill is, in essence, an optical illusion. It basically rolls you downhill when it looks like you’re going uphill. The city of Lake Wales has a relatively famous one, Spook Hill, that is kind of a rite of passage if you grew up in Central Florida.

It’s a good distance away from like Orlando or Tampa, nestled snugly in the town of Lake Wales. I will say you never go to Lake Wales just for Spook Hill, you’re usually on your way to or coming from Bok Singing Tower. But, either before you get there or after you leave, you go to Spook Hill.

Of course there’s a placard with a Supernatural story associated with it, and the nearby elementary school has adopted Casper it’s as its official mascot, so they’re milking this for all it’s worth.

Red Cypress Brewery decided to do the same thing. They’re not exactly shy when it comes to supernatural-themed beers, and their Spook Hill Pale Ale (Pale Ale, 5% ABV, 34 IBU) is a good example of this.

When you open up the can and pour it out, you are immediately greeted with a spectrally citric nose and fantastic hop aroma. That great hop quality continues on into the flavor of the beer, with a great, slightly dank quality to a beer that is bursting with notes of grapefruit and resin.

Add to that a gorgeous orange hazy color, and you got a quintessential Florida beer named for a quintessential Florida tourist location. If you find yourself in Central Florida close to either of these, I would recommend that you take advantage of that.

Let’s be honest though, the beer is the more entertaining of the two.

Drink Florida Craft,


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