Review: Vox Populi Double Fruit Punch IPA

A few months ago, Vox Populi's Double Fruit Punch IPA was rated on Untappd as one of the top five best beers from Canada. I never expected that I'd actually get to visit the brewery where the beer was made (Brasserie Oshlag).. but I did, and fell in love with just about everything the brewery made! I previously reviewed Vox Populi's El Dorado edition of their Vox Pop IPA, but now I'm checking out Double Fruit Punch - the beer that gets all the attention. The beer tops out at 8.0% ABV and has a whopping 100 IBUs!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange with a good amount of off-white head. The head diminishes pretty quickly and leaves behind a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. There's also a bit of sediment in the beer, reminding me a bit of orange juice - yet not as bright/heavy as OJ.

Aroma: I'm getting notes of tropical fruits, yeast and a light bitterness. The tropical fruitiness has a medley of pineapple, melon, lemon, lime and apricot. The bitterness is a bit of a pine and floral aroma to it. This is quite sweet and tropical, just the way I like it!

Taste: The first thing I get as soon as it hits my tongue is an immediate taste of pineapple. This certainly is a Fruit Punch as a beer. It has a Five Alive sort of taste to it as it's giving off the typical Five Alive flavours like pineapple, lime, lemon, and a hint of grapefruit. It's somewhat yeasty, giving off a bit of a baguette breadiness once in a while. Fairly creamy for the mouthfeel, and an ever so slight bitterness of pine popping up at the end. At 100 IBU, I'm surprised how smooth this is.

Overall Thoughts: I'm disappointed that this is in a 355mL can because it would be perfect in a 473mL format. Absolutely tropical, juicy and pairs well with patio weather and good memories. This and their Vox Pop IPA series of IPAs were absolutely tasty, and now I'm wishing I was back in Quebec.

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