19 Sep Baa Baa Brewhouse Meenie NEIPA
Packaging: Draft, 4 pack 12 ounce cans
Pardon the back to back posts, but I’m digging this haze craze hard. Plus Chris is working some crazy hours lately, and I’m trying to cover for the team.
I went camping with my family last month while the rest of the gang went to a little share with Marcus and Kinga at Baa Baa. Thank God for good friends! My family and I had a blast with all the S’Mores, Juiceton and campsite antics, but I was a bit jealous of the rest of the team.
Thankfully, they love me! They brought me some Meenie NEIPA AND some In a Galaxy Far Far Away! Score!
The artwork on Meenie NEIPA is meenimal for sure. Hot pink background with Baa Baa’s signature kid-like handwriting detailing the name, ABV, etc. The tiny 👀 character from Ennie makes an appearance at the bottom/side of the label, but that’s it.
Not to worry, you won’t find any cans unless you’re trading. At least not for a while! Marcus shared with the gang that Baa Baa is going to be making a shift in the coming months. They’ll keep a few staples on, but (you may have noticed) they’re gonna focus on cranking out more and more beer like these last few NEIPAs you’ve seen from them.
No complaints here.
OMGEENIE, Meenie NEIPA pours like the creamiest, thickest, juice you’ve ever seen. I was waiting for globs of pulp, but there were none in sight. It’s opaque and yellowy- orange like some gnarly canned juice. Love it.
The smell of Meenie NEIPA reminds me a bit of SpindleTap Hops Drop with the fruity/dank notes that bring you back to some funky memories. I love how this style of beer just takes over the room. Can somebody make some NEIPA candles? That’d be… lit…
Sorry, I had to. But I promise, it gets better! Meenie NEIPA starts off with a bunch of grapefruits and oranges busting into your mouth like the Kool Aid Amman through a wall – OH YEAH! There’s a soft bitterness on the finish that wanes and grows between sips.
The mouthfeel is creamy and pillowy, soft and marshmallowy; it might just be the most spot on NEIPA in Houston, in terms of mouthfeel and the finish had a little sharp tingle of hop burn that may have been off-putting for those seeking a smoother sip. There’s a light carbonation of tiny bubbles that beg to be savored.
It reminded me a bit of Whole Foods DL Double that Sam loves so deeply, but a bit creamier and a bit more bitter with grapefruit notes.
You can only purchase Meenie on the trade market for now, but it may have died out by now! It held up better than most after a few weeks, but I’m not risking it and sitting on it for longer than that. Baa Baa Brewhouse currently only self distributes and your best shot at getting their beer is at the brewery, but Drink of Ages and Hop Stop have been known to be able to get their hands on a few kegs!
Baa Baa Brewhouse is going all in on NEIPAs and who can be mad at that with beers like this? Meenie NEIPA is one of my favs, and holds its own against the Parish, Treehouse, and Trilliums of the world. Might I even say, it’s better? Just my two, but how about you?
Let us know by voting with the stars below or telling us about it in the comments below! Beers to you, Houston!