Review: SLO Brew Holidaze IPA

Review: SLO Brew Holidaze IPA

SLO — for California’s San Luis Obispo — Brew offers this appropriately named beer as a seasonal release, a west coast IPA brewed with spruce tips and orange peel, making it extra festive. The combo works, providing a touch of sweetness and fruit to temper what can otherwise be an aggressively bitter style. It’s the orange that does the heaviest lifting here, adding a bright citrus pop to the palate, adding a juicy quality to a body that already showcases a surprisingly creamy, boldly foamy character. Underneath a layer of light caramel you’ll find ample notes of pine and forest floor — though it never quite comes across like a full-blown Christmas tree in a glass. I don’t even know if that would be good, anyway.

7% abv.

A- / $11 per four-pack of 16 oz cans / slobrew.com

SLO Brew Holidaze IPA

$11
9

Rating

9.0/10

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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