We are back with another Kegs & Legs feature and are highlighting another 12-pack box from Full Sail Brewing in Hood River. The Trophy Case variety pack is available in stores and features three IPA’s and their amber ale. I have a relatively diverse beer palate, but when push comes to shove, I generally ask for an IPA. This box is right up my alley.
The Full Sail Classic IPA has been winning medals for years, and it’s no surprise why. It’s a solid and reliable IPA, complete with dry-hopped Centennial and Citra, that is a nice combination of bitterness and drinkable. It’s got some fruity notes to it (I get grapefruit), but the spicy pine comes through upon drinking.
I’m not a huge amber drinker myself, but I recognize the deliciousness in this one. If you are grabbing a box of beer like this one, my guess is you will have more than a few friends who prefer this style and you can do much (much!) worse than Full Sail. The can looks dope as well.
Their IPApaya is one of the latest in Full Sail’s “Pub Series”. At first, I wasn’t sure how much I enjoyed the papaya fruitiness with my IPA. I am a fan of fruity and citrusy beers, but I was undecided for the first few sips. However, over time, I actually found myself craving that tropical bite and aftertaste. This is one fruity-IPA that I think goes bigger than many others – and I commend them for that. After drinking a couple of these in a row, I can now solidly say that I really enjoy this and believe it will fit a niche on warm summer days.
And last, but not least, the Hop Pursuit IPA features a combo of Cascade, Mosaic, Equinox, and Simcoe. I find just a tad bit “sweeter” than other NW IPAs. It’s also a nice take on a classic style. None of these IPA’s are going to destroy your palate (they all hover around 60-70 IBU’s) and are very thirst-quenchable on warm summer days. They look great coming out of coolers everywhere.