For this edition of Tasting Notes, we treat ourselves to a little end of the week indulgence by getting into a pour of Truck Chaser – Creamsicle Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia).
Introduced back in mid-January, Wild Leap Brew Co.’s Truck Chaser Series – a tongue-in-cheek homage to all those craft beer fanatics that tirelessly pound the streets in search of the most elusive brews out there – is a new, Limited Release lineup of playful takes on the Double India Pale Ale style. Truck Chaser – Creamsicle, the inaugural release in the series, is “brewed with a flavor combination of ripe orange, vanilla bean and milk sugar.” Somehow both decadent and refreshing, Truck Chaser – Creamsicle (8.1% ABV) will have you thinking you are enjoying “a creamsicle straight from the ice cream truck.”
Truck Chaser – Creamsicle is out now with plans to hang around as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in and around the Atlanta, LaGrange, Newnan, Peachtree City, Columbus, Athens, Gainesville and Augusta areas of Georgia.
Alright . . . now that we have properly covered the particulars behind Truck Chaser – Creamsicle, let’s crack open a can and relive some ice-cream-truck-fueled memories over some Tasting Notes!
Tasting Notes for Truck Chaser – Creamsicle Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co.
Appearance: A vigorous pour produces a beer that is somewhat murky, dark orange in color and topped with a faint, fizzy half finger of white foam. When held to direct light, the orange brightens a touch but does not really gain any vibrancy. The beer is cloudy and opaque, but sporadic pops of carbonation can still be observed pushing their way through at times. Head retention is nearly nonexistent as the foam completely disappears almost as soon as the pour settles.
Aroma: The aromatics begin with a bright, green/fresh hoppy presence that is both citrusy and earthy. A distinct presence of orange zest and juice then quickly moves in to act the perfect bridge between the hops and a soft vanilla tone that turns up at the very end of the profile.
Taste: Mirroring the nose, the flavor opens with a pronounced hop presence featuring a sharp citrus note and bitter bite. A wonderfully juicy orange quality settles in, bringing with it fresh notes of peel, zest, juice and citrus oils. Vanilla and sweet cream then saturate the finish, locking in just enough cutting sweetness to create that distinct creamsicle experience.
Mouthfeel: This DIPA is medium to full bodied with a softer carbonation level, creating a nice and creamy texture. Across the palate, this beer moves easily between hop-sourced bitterness and fruity sweetness to find a lovely balance that never tips too far in either direction. The 8.1% ABV is well hidden, but it does sneak in a gentle warmth that builds in the chest. Citrus hop notes are left to linger in the aftertaste.
Final Thoughts: All in all, we were happily surprised to find that Truck Chaser – Creamsicle Double IPA lands in a nice place somewhere between a real deal, hop-laden Double IPA experience and the tamer/more accessible world of the Milkshake IPA. The hops in this beer do take the lead and have quite a bit of presence, making it so you really need to hold some love for their delightful bite to enjoy this one. With that said, it still follows through with more than enough juicy sweetness, vanilla creaminess, and luscious texture to nail the creamsicle notes and properly represent the Milkshake IPA style. Basically, it translates as if you are chasing sips of Double IPA with a couple bites of creamsicle . . . and who could be mad at that? Be sure to check out Truck Chaser – Creamsicle before its limited run comes to an end. Prost!