Electric Peel is an American IPA brewed by Magic Hat Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a bottle.
The ale pours a crystal-clear golden orange and is topped by a thick stack of puffy white foam that shows fine retention. Soapy suds collect on the sides of the glass as the head reduces. A few streaks of residue remain during consumption. An aggressive pour yields the best results.
Aromatics are bright with a scent that’s tart and sweet; pink grapefruit juice and cane sugar.
Tasting begins with doughy bread malt and mild citrus flavor. Floral and piney hops follow before the palate strikes a puckering finish of grapefruit peel that lingers on the back of the tongue. Doughy bread and a hint of tropical fruit tie the palate together.
The feel is crisp and smooth with a medium body and a little less-than-moderate carbonation. The finish is mostly dry, astringent, but a bit cloying on the backend. A slight hint of booze adds some warmth.
Electric Peel has a fine appearance and its aroma is pleasant enough. The feel is adequate even if its carbonation is slight and its sharp yet sticky nature is odd. However, its palate misses the mark with its heavy-handed use of grapefruit. In fact, this brew could almost be mistaken for store-bought grapefruit juice. Perhaps with a few tweaks, this could be a solid IPA. As is, considering the enormous selection of citrus-based IPAs available, this is one to be skipped.
Magic Hat recommends the following food pairings with its Electric Peel IPA: soft cheeses, dry-rubbed ribs, coconut shrimp, and crème brûlée.
Watch the Video
Take a look the following video of Chris Rockwood, the head brewer at Magic Hat, as he discusses the brewing process and qualities of the Electric Peel.
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