06 Mar B-52 Wheez the Juice by Tony
B-52 Wheez the Juice
Packaging: Draft, 16oz. Cans (at B-52 Only)
No wheez the juice! No wheez the juice!
No. Forget that. You definitely should’ve tried to Wheez the juice this weekend. This juicy, hazy APA from B-52 is made in somewhat the NE style that’s making its way around town, but they’re not calling it that.
Cool. Whatever. It’s good, so we can’t bust their balls about it too much. B-52 Wheez the Juice cans might be flooding your IG or Untappd feed for the next few days, but if not, their label is a mustard yellow atop a grayish photo of the “wheez the juice” scene from Encino Man.
B-52 Wheez the Juice pours a cloudy golden-orange, and it looks sort of like bright chicken broth. It starts off with 2-fingers of white airy head that disappears like the cavemen and leaves no trace of lace. The carbonation is light with tiny bubbles and the mouthfeel is juicy and slightly creamy, but it leaves a little to be desired on the mouthfeel.
The aroma of B-52 Wheez the Juice is all citrus and tropical fruit notes. The flavor starts off really crisp and refreshing, and that makes way for a juicy, fruity flavor an the palette with orange, grapefruit and pineapple notes. B-52 Wheez the Juice has a finish that lingers on and on with those citrus notes and a super mild hop-bitterness.
I’ve only had a few beers in this style (although they’re not calling it a NEIPA), but B-52 Wheez the Juice reminds me a bit of New Hops on the Block, as it was the first beer I had with these sorts of flavors and characteristics. New Hops on the Block was a collaboration between Cactus Land Brewing and Weathered Souls Brewing – they sent some down for us from SA, and man were we grateful!
B-52 Wheez the Juice is getting 3.5 stars from me. I gave it 3.75 on Untappd, but we don’t do .25 stars, and my default is to round down. If I had to give an explanation for that rounding down, it’d be because I was expecting a creamier, juicer mouthfeel – like liquid marshmallows. Other than that, B-52 Wheez the Juice is damn good. Completely crushable, and it’s something I’d gladly drink again.
If they continue to brew it, Wheez the Juice would be one of the beers that makes it into one of the subsequent phases of our Best IPA in Houston.
B-52 Wheez the Juice is only at the B-52 hangar, as far as I know. The cans are gone for sure. If you weren’t able to make the release, keep your eyes posted here because we usually do, and we usually grab a few for one of you. *Air five*
This B-52 Wheez the Juice is damn good. This citrus/tropical bomb is completely crushable, but I expected a bit more creaminess. So were you able to grab some too, or not? Let us know below. Beers to you, Houston.