- 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat is out tomorrow.
Three summers ago, Boulevard was unveiling a yard beer with its Pilsner. Tomorrow, the local brewery releases the latest addition to its year-round six-packs, 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat (the brewery's Collaboration No. 3, Stingo
, with Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project also hits shelves Tuesday). Boulevard left a six-pack at the desk for me Friday, my thoughts on 80-Acre are after the jump.
- You don't have to choose between Wheat and IPA.
Kansas City drinkers have been buzzing about Hoppy Wheat for the better part of 18 months, thanks to a variety of test batches at charity events and in the tasting room at the end of Boulevard's tour. The final version pours a light golden color that is a cousin to Wheat in the way that Saison-Brett is related to Tank 7. The smell is that of an IPA, and it immediately evokes last summer's Collaboration No. 2, a White IPA, with the Deschutes Brewing Co.
The finish is pleasantly citrus (I enjoyed it, even though I never opt for the lemon wedge in my wheat), which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. It's Wheat that's slightly hop-forward, meaning this could be the beer that transitions drinkers from Wheat to Pale Ale before their taste buds change in their late 30s or early 40s. The 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat, named after a sales representative's description of how the hayfields are divided in South Dakota, clocks in at 5.4 percent ABV and 20 IBUs.
No matter how many Boulevard Pilsner bottles you drink, your lawn will never look good this summer. But the 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat is worthy of some prime real estate in your fridge.