Total Score: 9.55/10
Northeast-style IPA? Guess ‘New England’ and ‘Northeast’ are interchangeable terms now? Yes, I lied. I said I would review Knee Deep Lupulin River next, however this can (canned 25 Jan 18) is about as fresh as a beer ever gets to Aus from the states, so it’s going to be a tasty beverage – Lupulin River can wait [1 hr, lol]. Sparkle Muffin is the first beer I’ve had from Revision Brewing, and most likely my first beer from Nevada, least I’ll know soon enough when BeerAdvocate bumps my number of US states from 15 to 16 [I can hardly even contain my excitement]. So without further ado let’s crack open a can of Sparkle Muffin, I said MEOW! Do iiiit.
Poured from a 473ml (US Pint) sized can into a nonic pint.
A: Pretty damn cloudy, total NEIPA look here with a pale pineapple yellow body and a nice billowy white head that leaves lace-work on the inside of the glass. Yep, this ‘ere is good NEIPA territory, a place you could settle down and call your own with little hops running around, nice. 9/10.
S: Tinned pineapple chunks, just like a certain renowned tinned fruit company in Australia used to do [or still does – haven’t had tinned pineapple chunks in a while]. Aroma is full of pineapple goodness, along with some of that fabled (for an Aussie drinking a US IPA) green resin hop character, hints of OJ, and a careless whisper [it’s a George Michael tribute mix playing in Castle Doc right now: “Guilty feet have got no rhythm…”] of biscuit malt supporting the hops. Top stuff this. 9/10.
T: I’ve got 2 words: Deschutes and Victory, as in: tastes like Deschutes Fresh Squeezed and Victory DirtWolf mixed together. Sparkle Muffin brings that tinned pineapple chunks bravado of DirtWolf, adds a touch of piney/citrus hops like Fresh Squeezed, and throws in fresh squeezed (not the beer, the real thing) OJ and a spicy/peppery back note. It has a nice green hop resin tinge to it as well, like a fresh IPA normally has, but it’s survived 2 months in the can without hop fade, which is quite admirable. Mid to light bitterness, as per the style. This is ace. 10/10.
M: The mouthfeel is superlative as well: Mid to heavy bodied with a creamy/dense carbonation – beats the Deschutes and Victory here IMO. 10/10.
D: Either it doesn’t take much to impress me or US beer reviewers are hard to please. Regardless I’m suitably impressed from the off by Revision, this is a stellar NEIPA, which BTW is more of an East meets West coast brew but what’s in a name? A beer by any other name would taste as sweet & bitter. 9/10.
Food match: Ooo, something with Vietnamese mint in it – Bun Cha salad FTW.