Yellow Dog x Trolley 5 Fist Bump Blackberry Red IPA

Overview

Yellow Dog x Trolley 5 Fist Bump Blackberry Red IPA Review

Here’s a collaboration with a fun story. Two breweries with the same name for a beer– High 5–put their hands together and came up with a fist bump.

The liquid pours a very attractive cloudy red, looking much like a drinkable glass of raspberry jam. The head dissipates fairly quickly, yet the beer has significant mouthfeel.

You’d expect a beer that looks and sounds like a typical fruit beer to be much sweeter than this is. Indeed, on the nose it there is sweetness, even candy. But on the palate it seemed highly attenuated, or at least balanced due to the IPA’s inherent hoppiness.

Like other hazy IPAs, this unfiltered beer benefits from a “New England Roll”–rolling the can on its side to blend the contents (a gentler version of the “shake before opening” routine you’re used to with fruit juices). If you don’t, you’ll find that the lees (yeasty part that’s settled at the bottom of the can) are pretty thick and bitter!

  • (4.5)
    Appearance
  • (4)
    Aroma
  • (3)
    Palate
  • (3.5)
    Flavour
  • (3.75)
    Overall Impression
3.8

About This Beverage

  • Colour: Red
  • Head Size & Retention: Some head, minimal retention
  • Carbonation: Mild Carbonation
  • Clarity: Hazy
  • Balance: More Hoppy
  • Drinkability: Not overly crushable but you might have a couple.
  • Enjoyment: I would recommend this beer to a friend
  • Malt Characteristics: Light
  • Hop Characteristics: Fruity, Floral, Piney or Woody, Spicy
  • Other Flavours/Aroma: Fruit Flavouring: Berries etc
  • Palate: Full Bodied, Crisp/Dry/Clean, Juicy

Summary

Looks like a drinkable glass of raspberry jam. But more balanced than sweet due to the IPA’s inherent hoppiness.

Pros

  • Amazing appearance
  • Fairly balanced due to the IPA’s inherent hoppiness.
  • Not overly sweet

Cons

  • Not a “normal” fruit beer. Those that don’t like hops may be fooled by its wheat beer-like appearance.
  • Some may not like the yeasty dregs in their unfiltered┬ácan

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