As the name suggests, Offshoot Beer Co. started as a side project for another brewery, the Bruery, based in Orange County, California. What makes this hop-focused side project surprising is that the Bruery began with the express intention of brewing virtually every style and variety of beer — except IPA. They are known for experimenting with diverse ingredients and innovative approaches in pursuit of new beer possibilities. I suppose, by creating Offshoot, the Bruery technically isn’t brewing an IPA, but we’re splitting hairs. Let’s give their new, canned IPA a try.
Unfiltered, Relax [It’s Just a Hazy IPA] is indeed a hazy golden yellow color in the glass. A short, white head quickly dissipates after a vigorous pour. On the nose, Relax offers lemon and orange peel notes, as well as some pineapple and a bit of pine. The palate leans much more toward grapefruit and finishes clean, with just a touch of bitterness. All told, Relax is a nice example of a New England style IPA: juicy, unfiltered, and not-too-bitter. It has a fine balance to it and doesn’t aspire to be a double IPA. With all of the amazing IPAs that are widely available today, Relax doesn’t really stand out as anything unique, but it is an enjoyable and highly drinkable beer.
B / $15 per 4-pack of 16 oz cans / offshootbeer.com