Hey there, I’ve been kinda slacking on the beer reviews lately, so it’s high time I get back to doing some. Today’s offering is from one of Louisiana’s newest production breweries, Urban South, in New Orleans.
According to Urban South, Holy Roller IPA is “brewed with Mosaic and Citra hops – a bold IPA for all of us caught between best intentions and bad behavior.” It weighs in at 6.3% ABV with 60 IBUs. Holy Roller is available on draft and in cans around the New Orleans area.
I poured a can of Holy Roller with a date of 4/8/2016 (2 weeks old at tasting time) into a can glass (see the pic if you don’t know what I mean). The first thing I noticed was how hazy/cloudy it was, which I’m digging these days. It’s a beautiful orange color with a slightly off-white head, and nicely carbonated. The aroma has tropical, citrus and grapefruit notes as well as a touch of malt and crackers. It’s not a hop bomb on the nose, and I’d personally like a little more in the way of a hoppy aroma. The taste follows suit. It’s not overly hoppy (OK, OK, there’s no such thing as overly hoppy), yet the malt doesn’t dominate either. It’s actually really easy to drink and satisfies the palate for someone who wants some hop flavor, yet would like to drink a few. This is a light to medium bodied beer, with little to no alcohol presence noted. It’s actually pretty “sessionable” for a 6.3% beer, and would be nice by the pool or on a boat (I drank a couple on a boat the next day).
Overall, it’s enjoyable, particularly since it’s such a new beer. Like I said previously, I’d like a touch more hop aroma, which would push it into a mainstay in my fridge. I don’t know if they have settled on a final production recipe yet, but I’m hoping they dry hop it a touch more in future batches. I love the fact that it’s canned, and it gets a bump from me due to that.
So how does it score? See below for my first attempt at truly quantifying a beer review with the same scoring system the BCJP judges use.
Aroma – (8/12) – tropical, citrus and grapefruit with a bit of floral bouquet. Some crackers and malt are noticeable as well.
Appearance – (3/3) – hazy orange and beautiful
Flavor – (15/20) – hops are present with citrus and grapefruit flavors that are neither overpowering, nor subdued. The malt presence serves to balance the hops, but doesn’t get in the way.
Mouthfeel – (4/5) – light to medium bodied, no alcohol warmth, easy to drink
Overall – (7/10) – Enjoyable IPA that’s easy to drink. Would like a little more hop aroma, which would translate to flavor as well.
Total – (37/50) – Very good beer that I’d be happy to drink again. And I will.