13 Mar Baa Baa The Cow Jumped Over the Moon NEIPA by Tony
The Cow Jumped Over the Moon NEIPA
Packaging: Draft and Growler only
Baa Baa Brewhouse The Cow Jumped Over the Moon NEIPA was a sight for sore eyes. After venturing out to Conroe for B-52’s Wheez the Juice (hazy APA), we were pumped to see something actually billed as an NEIPA. While the weather on Friday evening was perfect for beer hunting, Saturday in contrast, had a little storm brewing. The rain didn’t stop the masses from flocking out to Baa Baa, though. These guys may be small, but their track record is a good one, and The Cow Jumped Over the Moon NEIPA didn’t disappoint.
There’s no artwork to speak of (yet), but The Cow Jumped Over the Moon NEIPA did come in these dope little Baa glasses, if you showed up early enough, and you guessed it, we all got one. *Score*
The Cow Jumped Over the Moon NEIPA looks like straight chicken soup – orangey, brown, juicy, and creamy. The Cow starts off with a creamy head at the beginning, and it dissipates to leave a tiny bit of lace as it makes it’s way over the moon. The carbonation is light, a bit lighter than other beers of the style, but I found it balanced really well with the creamy, juicy mouthfeel.
The nose is heavy on grapefruit notes with some fruity-tropical scents, but it’s all pretty mild. The Cow Jumped Over the Moon NEIPA starts with a soft mild citrus note on the palette and then a brief floral, sweetness follows. The after taste lingers long and strong with notes of Grapefruit and Hop bitterness and a little bit of hop burn. The lingering bitterness came as a bit of a surprise, and although not perfectly to style, I think it combined the best of both worlds with that, and I enjoyed it.
Albeit very different, the comparison bears mentioning: B-52’s Wheez the Juice has lots of similar stuff going on. Nick and Tam wrote about it too – some of y’all may prefer one author over another if you’ve been following along for a while.
The Cow Jumped Over the Moon NEIPA gets a solid 4 stars from me. There were some stylistic “flaws”, for want of a better word, but all of them made me like the beer more. I don’t typically grade beers just to style; instead, I grade them based on what I like, while making mention of both aspects. The Cow Jumped Over the Moon NEIPA is no different.
I expected a dang good beer from Marcus and Kinga, and that’s just what I got!
The Cow Jumped Over the Moon NEIPA is only available at their Brookshire stable as far as I know. I did overhear that there might be some at Growler USA in Katy, but I can’t find anything to confirm or deny – maybe call Baa Baa and see.
The Cow Jumped Over the Moon NEIPA is a great, and they get some major bonus points for being the first in town to make an actual NEIPA despite some BJCP-Guideline flaws. This is another citrus/tropical bomb that’s completely crushable. So were did The Cow Jumped Over the Moon NEIPA have you completely over the moon, or did Baa Baa jump a bit too early? Let us know what you thought in the comments below.