Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Peaks and Pints 4-Pack for a sunny day

Ron Swarner

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Peaks and Pints 4-Pack for a sunny day

It is so warm and perfect for a normally chilly March it made you look around Tacoma and sigh in a swooning, maybe-the-world-isn’t-as-miserable-as-you-thought kind of stunned bliss even as you scanned past the weather section and saw that other states are still digging out from subzero and flooding and super windy wind they-can’t-feel-their-eyeballs frigidity, even as you realized this burst wouldn’t last and you would soon be returning to showers, showers, showers any day now. Hie thee to today’s Peaks and Pints 4-Pack suggestion. …

TEST FLIGHT EXPERIMENTAL IPA, Hellbent Brewing: Sabro is a Washington hop from a female Neomexicanus hop with distinctive tropical fruit flavors such as coconut and tangerine. Strata is an Oregon-bred hop with dank tropical fruit aroma. Made with Sabro and Strata hops, Test Flight Experimental IPA leans toward West Coast IPA while brewing in the key of its New England IPA siblings. 7.5%

GORILLA JUICE HAZY IPA, Reuben’s Brews: Brewed in collaboration with Gorilla FC, a local Sounders booster organization, this hazy IPA hits the nose with a grapefruit-citrusy aroma, followed by grassy, melon, hoppy juiciness with a bitter finish. 6%

JUICE STAND, AleSmith Brewing: Juice Stand delivers intense notes of tangerine, blueberry, bubblegum and tropical fruits within a full bodied, hazy brew. It’s rounded out by a smooth malt character and soft bitterness. 6.7%

PHOBOS SINGLE HOP RED ALE, Ecliptic Brewing: Named after the Martian moon that circles the Red Planet, this red ale is brewed with entirely with citrusy, tropical Azacca hops, as well as eight types of malts for a deep caramel flavor and a creamy finish. 5.6%