Tailgate Fire Emoji IPA

Has Tailgate jumped the proverbial shark? They named this IPA after an emoji, so I am going to assume their target audience is hipsters. Actually, I don't even know if hipsters are still a thing. Who is the fire emoji supposed to appeal to? Well, I've had their beer before, and I like their beer, so I'm ignoring the name for now.

The quite hazy golden beer has a stark white head that leaves no lacing, but it does leave a smattering of bubbles covering the top well enough. The aroma is a great big pile of citrus, but the malt is definitely there to bring some bread to this meal in a can. There's grapefruit, lemons, and tangerines in here, and the smell is mouth watering.

First sip is exactly what the nose prepared me for - citrus with a malt backing. The bitterness is kept in check with that malt, and the hops are allowed to sing the sweet song of grapefruit, mango, lemon, and tangerine. The beer has a strong taste in general, and the bitterness seeping into the edges is just the right amount - again, good job, malt.

Tip-in is light carbonation tingle with grapefruit acid and juice right in there early. The middle pushes the malt in, and on top of it is all of that delicious citrus, just dancing around and making the world a better place for it. The finish is a sharp hit of acid with the malt dying away and the bitterness finally getting a foothold until the fruit trails off into the ether.

Bottom Line: A great beer, despite the questionable name.



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