Review: Epic Tart ‘n Juicy Sour IPA

Review of Epic Tart ‘n Juicy Sour IPA from Epic Brewing in Salt Lake City, UT.

Beer Type: Sour IPA  ABV: 4.6%  Tried from can.

Their Description: “We’ve combined the clean, puckering tartness of kettle souring with an abundance of juicy, citrus-driven hops to create a beer that’s the best of both worlds – Tart n’ Juicy Sour IPA.”

The Reality: This beer starts with a huge citrus scent with faint hints of pine. Your first sip is filled with a bold tart juicy flavor up front, specifically grapefruit, orange and a touch of tropical. This mouth-watering wave fades into a mild hop bitterness. This beer is not aggressively sour, and I think “tart” is the better word. This beer possesses very refreshing and thirst-quenching qualities and drinks like a session with no lingering aftertaste. It really is like biting into a piece of fresh fruit with and subtly bitter IPA finish.

Final Verdict: Do you know that sensation you get when you bite into a piece of Starburst candy? That initial mouth-watering pucker? That sensation is present in this beer but without the sticky candy sweetness that follows. Instead you get a nice crisp bitterness to wash off your palate so you can start again with another sip. Plus, that bitterness is gone just as quick as it appeared, unlike that annoying rash you still haven’t told anyone about. I can’t think of a more appropriately named beer than this one, because “Tart ‘n Juicy” is exactly what this beer is. It would be like naming a Vanilla Stout “Sweet ‘n Roasty”. As for the “Sour IPA” moniker, it’s not that sour and it’s mild by IPA standards, but I guess that’s the point. It is not too much of either, it’s a blend of both. Much like the Fiat Multipla isn’t too much like a car or a Beluga Whale, it’s an questionable blend of both.