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Welcome to the next step in Beer Mixology. Previously, I’ve experiment with Beer Floats and Beer Nog to various degrees of success. Today I’ll be discussing my experience with Beer-mosas: a mixture of orange juice and a decent IPA.


A 50-50 mix of  Alpine Beer Company‘s Pure Hoppiness and your favorite orange juice


Beer and oj mix alpine The original beer poured a deep copper with a 2-finger thick white head that lasted a long time. Feeling a little like a mad scientist it was time to jump into the experiment.

Looking at the pictures on the right you can easily see the transformation from mild-mannered IPA to the Beer-mosa. As expected, the combination was very hazy and took on a bright orange hue, though a few shades lighter than orange juice by itself. The head turned from a thick real whipped cream look to a thinner head that had the consistency of fake whipped cream. The bubbles in the mixture’s head were also more noticeable that the IPA by itself.


The beer itself had a strong citrus note to it but all I got from the mixture was a heavy nose of orange juice. Surprising, isn’t it? Not much more to say here.


After the aroma of the mixture was heavily slanted towards the orange juice I was a little concerned that the taste would be as well. Luckily for me, the taste was an almost perfect mix of the two. First off I was hit by the taste of the orange juice. Quickly following, however, was a more bitter orange and grapefruit flavors from the IPA itself. The bitterness lingered long after the orange juice faded into memory.

Additionally, the orange juice made the Beer-mosa thicker and provided a glue that resulted in the lingering taste.

Final Thoughts

I was happy with the results of my first Beer-mosa experiment. It was thick and creamy. You got the acid sweetness of an orange juice but that was followed up by the IPA. Now that fresh IPAs are arriving on store shelves more and more everyday, I want to revisit this experience and vary the ratio of IPA to orange juice so that I can find the “sweet-spot.” If you decide to continue this experiment, or have had Beer-mosas yourself, please let us know your thoughts.


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Written by Bob Pack

Simply put, Bob is a beer lover. He goes out of his way to try new beers whenever he can find them. The love of trying new beers had resulted in a beer label collection of over 1400. When it comes down to it, Bob is a hop head. He loves IPAs (including double and black). Stouts are a close second. His tweet reviews on @nova_beer are simple and approachable. Let him know what you think. Find Bob Pack on Google Plus

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