Review: Phantom Beer Co's Mindfuzz IPA

Today I'm checking out another beer that I picked up at Quality Inn Craft Beer Store in Winnipeg - Mindfuzz IPA by Phantom Beer Co out of Vancouver. Just by looking at the label, I knew that Mindfuzz was going to be a NEIPA at first glance.. this is one of those times when you can judge a book by its cover.

Mindfuzz is described as "New, improved and floaty free! Mind Fuzz is our take on a true-to-style NEIPA, featuring Citra, El Dorado and Motueka hops."

So.. I'm wondering if they had a lot of complaint from floating sediment or something in the past. I'm fairly picky but floaties don't scare me off.

Appearance: Pours a bright orange juice in appearance with minimal to no carbonation in the body itself, 2.5 fingers worth of snow white head on top when pouring, diminishes to just a sprinkling only a minute or two later, leaving behind a good amount of crisp bubble action on the glass.

Aroma: Sweet, tropical, juicy. This smells like your typical juice served with breakfast - rich tropical notes of pineapple and orange, a bit creamy to give it a hint of a creamsicle vibe to it. I'm trying to figure out if there's any malt profile to this.. it just smells like juice to me. In the end - didn't get any grain profile really popping out.

Taste: A bit mellowed down compared to the aroma, but it's still (for the most part) a fruit juice concoction with a medley of oranges, mango, pineapple and a hint of lime, kind of like a Five Alive. In the back of my mouth, I get a light toasted grain malt presence that gives it your typical sweet ale sort of presence. There's an ever-so-slight peppery spice profile to it but only ever so slightly.

Overall Thoughts: Mindfuzz was great, one of the better Canadian NEIPAs I've had in a while. BC is known for making some of the best NEIPAs, so I'm not entirely surprised this turned out great. If you're a juicy, tropical fruit sort of NEIPA/milkshake IPA fan, you'll love this, but if you're wanting something with a bitter piney hop presence, this may not be for you.... but actually, you may still enjoy it anyways.

I've probably said this a thousand times already, but serious props to Chris & Co at the Quality Inn Craft Beer Store in Winnipeg, they're the best beer store in the entire province.. it's a shame that snubbed them on this year's RateBeer's best but most people seem to have moved on from RateBeer to Untappd anyways. Every time I'm in Winnipeg, I make sure to visit this beer store as well as Torque. If you're ever in Winnipeg looking for interesting and unique beers, you know where to go!

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