Dan was feeling like he wanted a little liquid dessert, so he reach for Finback Brewery Strawberry Cake. Sufficed to say, his craving was satisfied.
STYLE: Fruited Milkshake IPA
ADDITIONS: Strawberry, Vanilla, Lactose
AVAILABILITY: 16-Ounce Can (LIMITED RELEASE)
Cloudy, burnt orange and nectar or cider-like in color with a quickly fading off-white head.
Muddled strawberries with powdered sugar with a layer of whipped cream.
Liquid strawberry shortcake. Strawberries are self-explanatory. Vanilla and lactose provides the smooth mouthfeel representing the whipped cream. Malt bill helps provide the angel food cake layer…not sure how that happened, but it is pretty magical. A hint of tartness keeps the sweetness from being too cloying.
Smooth and luscious on the palate.
The layers on this beer were delicately and cosmically balanced to meet its namesake. A person who has never tried milkshake IPAs should try something like this first to get a better understanding of how ingredients, fermentation, and process are so important as opposed to just throwing random things into a beer. Well done, Finback.
Cheers and remember:
Life’s a tap…drink up ’til it’s dry.