This beer was made for two things – summer picnics in the park, with good friends and the warmth of the sun on your face, and gloomy, bad-weather days where all you want to do is take shelter at home and reminisce about cheerier weather.
I drank Juice Bar several weeks ago now, but with the current COVID-19 country-wide standstill and my current self-isolation, plus the grey clouds lingering over Edinburgh, I’m dreaming of something happy and sunny like this beer.
Juice Bar, a tropical pale ale, has an incredibly fruity aroma, and a very strong mango and pineapple flavour – I know it’s an obvious thing to say, but it’s just so damn juicy thanks to the fruit puree! It has a lovely thick, smooth body from the addition of oats, as well, which makes it incredibly easy to chug big mouthfuls at a time. This, plus a middling ABV of 5.3%, make it dangerously easy-drinking. Gimme more!
Another thing I loved about Juice Bar is that it’s not ‘too’ fruity for me (I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, so I tend to stay away from super sweet brews) because of the lovely punchy bitterness from the Ekuanot and Mosaic hops.
It’s an incredibly well balanced beer, and I’d imagine this would be an ideal pairing for a summery dessert like tropical fruit pavlova or pannacotta. Or, as previously mentioned, for a lazy day in the sun with friends.
Thanks to my friends at Bad Seed Brewery in Malton (down in Yorkshire) for this haze-bomb. I’m gutted that Beer Town Malton festival won’t be happening in May, but I do look forward to coming down to party later in the year once this all blows over!
Stay safe out there, everyone.