Right after popping the top off this beer, I immediately smell some funk and skunk, but then begin to smell the tangerine and citrus. It’s not a super sharp citrus scent, but one with a little malty, funky, undertone to it. The biggest surprise to me is that I smell almost no hop scent — I feel like it’s there, but probably overshadowed by the tangerine.
Upon first taste, this is definitely not what I expected. The tangerine is there, but not overpowering. The hops are easier to taste than smell, but again, not real prominent. I feel like a funkiness (think euro lager) and perhaps a grassiness pretty much dominate the taste of this beer. The aftertaste starts to really bring in the citrus flavor for me, and a bit of hoppiness that tilts to the citrus side of things. The more sips I take, the stronger the tangerine aftertaste is.
Overall, I feel this is an interesting beer. After drinking half the bottle, the tangerine flavor starts to dominate. Somehow, it is missing upon the first few sips for me. The label states “zesty and bright” and I would certainly agree with that. If you’re looking for an IPA hoppiness, I’d probably look elsewhere. Not bad for a fruit flavored beer, but it doesn’t really hit that out of the park for me, either. A little too skunky and funky for a fruit beer, imo.