Malibu Nights IPA (2017)
Champion Brewing Company
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A Note on This Beer
ATTENTION adventurous beer drinkers: Today we have a pink Imperial IPA! The inventive Virginia hop gurus at Champion Brewing have created Malibu Nights to weed out the feeble beer drinkers of the world -- it’s a resinous, fruit punch wine cooler of an IPA to shock your palate with outright eccentric flavors.
Break out this shimmering 8% ABV brew at your next backyard BBQ and the conversation will flow faster than a box of rosé at the end of a rough week. Why’s it pink, your friends will ask? It’s brewed with real hibiscus for that enchanting deep magenta hue. But the can says it’s an IPA? Yup, bursts of Citra Hops deliver a bit of resinous complexity with notes of husky dank grapefruits. Bitter citrus oil leaves a quenching trail, getting you immediately ready for the next wave of palate-searing pink drink to hit you.
It sure sounds...different. There’s more? Yup, the brewers also add tangerines to give Malibu Nights notes of citrusy fruit snacks that balance its spirit-like boozy strength. The hibiscus brings in lip-smacking herbal cranberry character that blends with Orangina flavors from Amarillo Hops.
Champion Brewing is known for their cultishly admired, innovative IPAs that sell out as soon as they’re released. The first time we sought out one of their hoppy brews we had to wait in line for three years to get our hands on it. You have two choices: drink yet another IPA that tastes like an IPA, or try Malibu Nights for dank, boozy, wine cooler-like refreshment you’d never imagine could come from a Double IPA. Whether they like it or not, your friends will give you mad props for sharing this out-of-the-ordinary beer.
*Best when served between 46-48 degrees Fahrenheit
Packaged on 5/9/2018