Beer Review: Founders Azacca IPA
As the season would dictate, I’ve recently been enjoying a lot of stouts and porters. More specifically, coffee and barrel aged stouts and porters. On chilly winter days, they’re especially delicious. However, I’m always up for a great IPA, and this Founders Azacca IPA has found a nice home in my beer fridge.
IPAs that showcase a single hop get to refine their flavors, no matter where they fall on the spectrum from earthy and dank to tropical and bright. As a hop, Azacca is certainly more of the latter. Named after the Haitian god of agriculture, Azacca hops are “intense and tropical. Sustained impressions of citrus and very ripe mango, with notes of orchard fruit (pears, apples) and pine needles throughout.”
In addition to the aforementioned hops, Founders has used caramel malt in the beer which gives it more of a richness and a touch of sweetness than you’ll find in many IPAs. That malt, combined with the 7% alcohol in the beer make it a more full bodied brew than a lot of IPAs. It also makes it great for this time of year.
Poured into either a nonic pint glass (as seen above) or a tulip (please don’t use shaker pints to drink your beer from), Azacca IPA is a lovely deep orange color. There’s a decent head on the beer which holds up pretty darn well. All of those delicious tropical fruit flavors, like citrus and ripe mango, mesh really well with the piney notes in the hops alongside that caramel malt sweetness. It’s bright, rich, and super well rounded.
Azacca is a seasonal offering and should be on the shelf at Bottlemixx for the next couple months or so. Each 12oz can is a couple bucks, and well worth it in my opinion. Cheers!
This beer review is sponsored by our friends at Bottlemixx in North Raleigh. All comments on the beer are 100% ours.