Beer of the Weekend #691: Woolly Bugger

I drank and made notes on Woolly Bugger, brewed by the Madhouse Brewing Company of Des Moines, Iowa, last Friday night but decided to write a post later.

The color is lightly hazy, medium amber. About two fingers of buttery, eggshell-colored head leaves an even skim and a short trail of foam. The aroma is citrusy with tropical fruit. Grapefruit and kiwi seem prominent, and there is a hint of lemon. The flavor is much the same, though the tropical fruit is not as prominent and there is a nice bitterness that tickles the taste buds. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, and the bitterness is zesty. There are flavors of grapefruit, kiwi, lemon zest, light malt, and caramel.

Fun facts about Woolly Bugger

• Style: IPA.

• Price: $4.99/bottle at the New Pioneer Food Co-op in Iowa City.

• Alcohol content: 4.5 percent ABV.

• According to the bottle:

The Woolly Bugger is a collaboration brew from Trout Unlimited and Madhouse Brewing Co. This session IPA is designed to be the perfect fishing beer. A portion of the proceeds go to Trout Unlimited, who promote river and water conservation. The primary ingredient in beer is water, and a day on the water is always better when you bring some beer.

The Quiet Man’s grade: B.

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