On certain episodes of the Florida Beer Podcast I have my friend and field producer Steve joining in for some of the interviews. You’ve probably heard him by now.
Every so often he will blow my phone up with a beer that he finds to be nothing short of utterly fantastic. One of these was the now seasonal Pucker Face (Sour, 6.7% ABV, 60 IBU) at 26 Degree Brewing in Pompano Beach. And I’ve had to sit through hearing him talk about this several times in my life.
Pucker Face is not a beer for the faint of heart, but Steve is also not the faint of heart. This is basically a sour IPA.
More specifically, this is a slight reworking of their beloved IPA1A, double dry-hopped and fermented with lacto yeast.
And yes, it brings the boldest parts of both of those styles. It’s light and straw colored, very clear and very unassuming. But when you get the aroma of massively electrified citrus-forward hops, you know you’re in for quite a ride.
Basically, that’s exactly what you get. It’s bold and dank, dripping with resiny and citrus hop qualities, while melting your tongue with a very tangy, very sour bite.
If you like one of these styles, this is going to be an interesting beer for you. If you like both of them, kind of like Steve, you may have just found your Holy Grail.
Just don’t send me too many texts about it.
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