Instant Beer Review: Karben4/Brocach Hopicana

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HAPPY SUNDAY! And to you.

YOU’RE DRINKING! Of course!

WHAT? What?

WHAT ARE YOU DRINKING? Oh. A beer called Hopicana.

NEVER HEARD OF IT, DUDE. That’s okay. Don’t feel badly. It’s only available at the Brocach restaurants.

SO YOU ARE CURRENTLY AT A BROCACH RESTAURANT? Good guess. Their Monroe St. location.

WHO MAKES IT? The beer is made for the Brocach by Madison’s Karben4 Brewing Co. Here’s a blurb from The Daily Page:

Rick Gerondale of Brocach was on hand [at the Isthmus Food and Wine Festival] with his brand-new Hopicana IPA, brewed in collaboration with Ryan Koga at Karben4, from Gerondale’s recipe. “I had a hop profile in mind; Ryan tightened it up,” says Gerondale. “I wanted the Citra (hops), and the pineapple and mango to come through.” Gerondale also had a Brocach-specific pale ale on hand, also brewed at Karben4. (They’re also available at “some Barriques” and the Blackhawk Country Club, he says.)

WHAT DO YOU THINK? I find it quite refreshing, as a matter of fact. It’s a light-bodied IPA that is not imposing in the slightest. Which is not a bad thing. Every now and then it’s nice to drink an IPA that doesn’t slap you in the face with its hoppy open palm. The color is an inviting see-through golden.

ABV? The menu says it’s 5.4%.

AND YOU BELIEVE ‘THE MENU?’ I haven’t much choice in the ‘matter.’

PRICE TAG? $6.00 for a 20 oz. pint.

DEEP THOUGHTS? Not especially. Hopicana isn’t mind-blowing in any way, shape, or form, but it is an exceedingly drinkable IPA, similar to New Glarus’s Moon Man No Coast Ale. I give it a thumbs up and would certainly purchase a six-pack if one were to become available in the future. This beer would be particularly good on a hot summer day. If summer ever returns to Wisconsin.

IS IT MAKING THE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL MATCH ON THE TV ANY MORE BEARABLE? The strongest drugs on this planet–or any other planet, for that matter–could not make women’s basketball even slightly entertaining.

YOU’RE A DICK. I’ve encountered very few men or women who would disagree with me on this matter.

WAIT, DOES THAT WAITRESS LOOK LIKE FELICITY FROM ARROW?? Yup. Dead ringer.

YOU’RE A DORK. Totes.