Thursday, May 8, 2014

Miami Brewing Vice IPA

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1095) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2014
I poured a 12oz can into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. This was sent to me in a trade with a friend from Florida (thanks, Matt!).

Appearance: Hazy shade of dark orange/light brown. Pours to a small, white, foamy head which does not lace at all and barely retains.

Smell: Strong vegetable aroma. Some orange juice concentrate.

Taste: I feel bad when friends send me beer to review and it turns out to not be good. That’s the case of Miami Brewing Vice IPA, which came from a friend that knows his IPAs (though he said he never actually had this one). It’s possible what I’m drinking is simply an old can since there’s no discernible freshness date. While this isn’t undrinkable, it just tastes off. There’s a distinct green bean taste which leads me to believe it’s DMS. The malt isn’t really distinctive, and the hops are just pure dry bitterness with just a hint of orange flavor. Some yellow lollipop taste as well, which is usually indicative of stale malt. It’s sweet and candy-like, but not enough to save the beer. There’s an astringent tang on the finish akin to a beer off a dirty tap line. I’m not appalled, just disappointed.

Drinkability: Did you ever notice beers that taste bad tend not to be very drinkable, either? Miami Brewing Vice IPA has a remarkably flat body, though the texture is rather smooth, which makes it easy to get down. Still, it leaves a dry, pasty aftertaste that is somewhat annoying. Mild warmth from the 7.1% ABV, but the palette does not make use of that weight at all. 
Grade: 3/10

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