Blue Collar Brew – War Pigs Foggy Geezer Hazy India Pale Ale

A quick trip to Cardinal beer store in Joliet. I can usually score something tasty almost every visit. But their parking lot is so small and the store is so busy, getting in and out can sometimes be a hassle. Also, their 9.75% tax on all sales is enough to get one gnashing one’s teeth if one had teeth with which to gnash.

It looked like 3 Floyds finally got their own section on the shelf with Gumballhead and Yum Yum, Robert the Bruce, Space Station Middle Finger, and (gasp!) Zombie Dust. While I gawked in front of the selections a guy behind me was studying them as well. I mentioned, “Look. They have Zombie Dust.” The gentleman proceeded to tell about how Floyd bought the building next door to the brewery with the intention of starting a distillery. However, the state of Indiana refused a permit to do so. Apparently, Floyds has used the space to increase beer production (from max to max+.) That explained the presence of all the Floyds beers we were looking at.

There were two titles that I was looking at, both of them collaboration beers with Mikkeller from Denmark called Warpigs. Read this article about how it got this far. (They state the ABV as 6.8% while, in reality, it’s 8%.) One of the sixers was called Lazurite IPA and the other was Foggy Geezer, and apt name if I must say so myself. What sealed the deal for me was the description, Hazy India Pale Ale. And as usual, no indication of ABV on the label, although the bottom of the can was stamped with “BREWED ON 10/4/17.”

The trip back home was uneventful and the number of idiots on the road was minimal.

The beer rested in the fridge for about six hours and it was time to send the first canful down my throat. Let’s get started.

The beer poured a hazy yellow and lived up to the label on the can. The head was pure white and fluffy, but loosely knit. I expected the foam to go away before too long. There were a few yeast particles in suspension. The aroma was very similar to any of the other tropically fruity IPAs on the market.

The first sip was exactly as expected. A nice medium mouthfeel, a slug of fruity, citrusy flavor and then a slight sting going down. The hop aromas will emanate from the liquid and hover around the opening of the glass like bees near the hive. I have a bit of trouble understanding dank and resinous when it comes to hops. Dank would be a moist dirt floor crawl space while resinous reminds me of a piece of pine with sap oozing out.

The beer perfectly fits the description of a New England or east coast IPA. The taste of the beer is thousands of miles from the old west coast IPAs that saw popularity a few years ago. Then came the single hopped beers which are still with us. Today we live in the New England style IPA era reminiscent of Heady Topper and Focal Banger from the Alchemist Brewery in Vermont. I still talk about that beer trade from a while back. (Zombie Dust for Heady Topper. Thanks again, John F.)

The beer wasn’t really that hazy. I expected it to look like a glass of orange juice with white foam on top. It wasn’t. It was just a glass of yellow translucent beer with wisps of foam at the top. The taste, however, was relentless.

The beer was citrusy to a degree with hints of yellow and Ruby Red grapefruit in the background. Maybe a bit of mango. No other fruit taste could be singled out. I was enjoying the beer so much that I gave up on trying to ID elements of this beer. The hop load was the main attraction but there was nothing in the hop flavors that I’d call dank and/or resinous… OR… this beer was the quintessential dank and resinous IPA and palate was resisting. I remembered having Founders Redankulous and visited their website. They used Chinook, Mosaic and Simcoe in the recipe. I believe Geezer was brewed along similar lines. I’ll have to remember to try Redank again. Ah, to have a wheelbarrow full of cash. Perhaps the beer I have at hand (and mouth) may be the definition of dank and/or resinous.

Foggy Geezer is a damn good beer. If New England IPAs needed a role model for the style, Geezer and Heady Topper would head the bill. However, with so many craft drinkers hopping on the NE style IPA bandwagon, more and more breweries are crafting their own version of the style. Soon, they’ll be splitting hairs on which beer tastes better.

This 3F’s – Mikkeller collaboration has yielded a very tasty, palate pleasing beer. I’d venture to say it would go down just as easy in the middle of January as it would in July.

The beer is hitting the shelves locally, but watch your LBS for a shipment of Foggy Geezer. If you spot it, buy it and drink it. Report back here when you do.

The SixPackTech summary for Warpigs Foggy Geezer Hazy India Pale Ale:

Style: New England IPA
Taste: Fruity, citrusy, delicious.
Smoothness: Nice and easy going down.
Bang for the buck: A tad pricey but okay for the taste.
Amount paid: $12.99 for a sixpack of 12-ounce cans.
Get it again? Definitely.
ABV: 8%
Brewers’ websites: Warpigs / 3Floyds
Wife’s all-encompassing opinion: (Sniff) Grapefruity. A lot of these beers are grapefruity. (sip) It’s not bad but all I get is grapefruit. (sip) It’s not very bitter considering. (Would you care to join me here with a glass of your own?) (Cue the crickets.) (NO. NO CRICKETS!)

Untappd rates.

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