Review: Boombox Synth Wave Double India Pale Ale

I was at Parallel 49 a few weeks ago where the always awesome Boombox beers are made, so you know that I definitely picked up some Boombox (and P49) beers while I was there! I was enjoying a few of them a bit too much so when I found out that the Quality Beer Store in Winnipeg has the very beers I was savouring a bit too much, I felt not as bad drinking them. Synth Wave DIPA (or is it Synthwave in one word?) is one beer I didn't pick up at the Parallel 49 store but was able to find it at the Quality Beer Store. Synth Wave is a Double IPA that's 8.5% ABV brewed with water, malted barley, flaked oats, wheat malt, hops and yeast. Knowing Boombox's beers, this will be juicy as eff.. speaking of which, I reaaaaaaally enjoyed their Juicy AF at Weathered Beer Celebration a few weeks ago.

Appearance: Very hazy and orange but more on the murky side of things than hazy, it's got a really thick orange body with a thick snow white head on top. The head diminishes fairly gradually yet quickly to leave behind a good amount of lacing on the side of the glass. Nice.

Aroma: Juicy as heck - hefty dose of orange, pineapple, mango. There's a hefty breadiness in the beer as well, as well as an herbal hop presence that has a bit of a fresh cut alfalfa presence as well as a leafy presence to it. 

Taste: Quite sweet and juicy with notes of pineapple, lemon, orange and mango. The yeast really hits the tongue to give off a really hefty breadiness to it.. perhaps a bit of a sourdough-like presence? I can't really explain it. It's got a slightly bitter and somewhat dry aftertaste to it, the aftertaste doesn't really linger for long, but it's mostly the yeast for it.

Overall Thoughts: There will be a day when this kind of beer will be out of style, but for now, I will keep enjoying them. This is sweet and juicy, very bready with a bit of a grittiness to it, herbal hop presence. It's always a treat to see their beer in Manitoba.

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