Beer of the Weekend #837: Surf Zombies IPA

The beer of the weekend is Surf Zombies IPA, brewed by the Iowa Brewing Company of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The color is copper or medium amber. A finger of bubbly, buttery, tinted beige head leaves spots of bubbles and a buttery ring around the edge. The first whiff is zesty, citrusy, and sharp with notes of caramel and chocolate. The sharpness fades as the beer warms, though. A floral character is also prominent, and there are hints of arbor. The flavor is a pleasing mélange with a light, floral bitterness, caramel, zest, citrus, and a touch of arbor. It is a very well balanced and drinkable brew.

Fun facts about Surf Zombies IPA:

• Style: IPA.

• Price: $9.99 for a six-pack of 12-ounce bottles at the New Pioneer Food Co-op in Iowa City.

• Alcohol content: 6.9 percent ABV.

• IBU: 77.

• According to the brewery website and the beer’s label, Surf Zombies is named after the Cedar Rapids band of the same name.

The Quiet Man’s grade: B.

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