13 Dec Ingenious Peach Cobbler Double FroYo
Ingenious Peach Cobbler Double FroYo
Ingenious Brewing Company
Peach Milkshake Double NEIPA
Packaging: Draft, 4 pack 16 ounce cans, Hop Drop delivery to your door step
Something about the holiday season makes me want dessert.
Nay, seconds of dessert.
One more piece of cake. One more piece of pie. One… more… bowl… of peach cobbler. *Unbuttons pants, deep sigh of relief*
I’ve got to be really transparent with y’all. I’m hit or miss on these milkshake IPAs. I’ve had some that were tremendous, and others that were overly sweet. For that reason, I’m always a bit leery when I bust one open, and I’ll only buy them if a friend recommends it by name. Ingenious Peach Cobbler Double FroYo is no different.
For those of you stumbling across a milkshake IPA for the first time, there’s no whipped cream nor cherries. It’s beer slang for “we added lactose” AKA milk sugar. Adding lactose allows brewers to amp up the body and sweetness of a beer without adding any additional alcohol because lactose is a sugar that can’t be fermented by brewer’s yeast. It’s the same lactose that turns your favorite stout into a milk stout. But this aint a brewing blog, and Ingenious Peach Cobbler Double FroYo still begs to be reviewed.
The can art for Ingenious Peach Cobbler Double FroYo features a holographic looking pile of peach chunks in the background with Ingenious’ signature FroYo illustration that looks like, well, a cup of FroYo. The cup is hot pink with their brain/hop logo mark front and center. Flip the can around to the back, and it reads Peach Cobbler Double FroYo with the colorful, un-kerned, reckless abandon of a first year graphic design student.
That’s followed by clumsy, horsey, black text that reads “New England Style Double Milkshake IPA with Peaches, Vanilla Beans, Cinnamon Sticks and Milk Sugar” all in Camel Case. While I’ve made it clear that the typography could use some TLC, we’ve yet to address my skepticism about the milkshake-y-ness of this Ingenious Peach Cobbler Double FroYo.
Let’s jump into the actual beer.
It pours almost 100% opaque with the dark orange color that is usually a byproduct of oxidation or a ton of fruit. There’s a thick, creamy, chalk-white head with hella sustain even in my sink-washed glass; that’s a great sign as I go in for my first sip.
As soon as the aluminum cracked open with a hiss, I could smell the vanilla and the hops. It was almost like candy. I love peaches, so I was looking forward to that as well, and I wasn’t disappointed. Upon further inspection, sticking my beak in the tulip glass yielded an intense rush of tropical hoppyness layered with juicy peach overtones, and subtle vanilla underneath. The color is definitely from all the peaches. I didn’t smell any cinnamon though.
The first sip reminds me of why I sometimes don’t care for milkshake IPAs, as it’s pretty sweet. But then something happens. The cinnamon that didn’t seem all too aromatic appears on the finish, and somehow I’m taken right back to the holidays. I want another slice, or in this case, another sip. There’s a fullness to the body that reminds me of the 8% ABV and lactose, and the finish is satisfyingly dry with almost no bitterness despite the 65IBUs. It pulls me in for another sip. Again. Again until it’s all gone. Damn it Hop Drop, why didn’t I get more of this stuff!?
My reluctance is thrown out the window with the same reckless abandon as the typography, and all of the sudden my beer nerdiness overpowers the graphic design nerdiness. Now I’m enjoying this Ingenious Peach Cobbler Double FroYo thoroughly because the finish balances the sweetness out.
I want to compare this to Brazos Valley Millions of Peaches just because of the peaches, but that’s like comparing a Peach Bellini to a Peach Cobbler; it’s peaches and peaches, but it’s apples and oranges. Or something like that. There’s not much in the Houston market that I can compare this to, and I think that’s part of why Ingenious draws crowds for each release. Just order some, and you’ll see.
Ingenious Peach Cobbler Double FroYo can be found on draft at the brewery as well as Finn Hall and Beers Looking at You as well as a few other select spots in Dallas. If you can’t make it over to Ingenious for a crowler, the homies at Hop Drop got you covered for delivery. Use code “BEERCHRONICLE” for 10% off your beer delivery. But get on it because their weekend slots have been filling up quickly these last few weeks.
Ingenious Peach Cobbler Double FroYo
Overall I liked it a lot more than I expected to. The sweetness was off-putting immediately, but the intense and well thought-out flavors overcame that sweetness for a beer that I wish I had more of. If my fridge weren’t already overflowing with great beer, I’d be ordering another delivery just as you’re reading this.
What about you? What’d you think of Ingenious Peach Cobbler Double FroYo overall? Let us know in the comments below or by rating with a single click of the stars. Beers to you, Houston!