Ocelot Brewing Raised on Promises

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Raised on Promises is a double IPA brewed in collaboration between Virginia’s Ocelot Brewing and D.C.’s Bluejacket. This particular growler was part of a trade with a coworker back in July (and quickly consumed shortly after receiving it). From what I’ve been able to find on the beer, the beer was brewed with a blend of Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial hop varieties. Beyond that, you got me.

What I do know, however, is that Raised on Promises is pretty damn good. It’s like an old- and new-school IPA got together over a long weekend and created a Frankenstein’s monster of the two methodologies. The beer is equally fruity and piney, delivering a solid amount of bitterness and, despite the 8% ABV content, a deceptively drinkable experience. The layers of flavors that glide easily across the tongue make for a refreshing and tasty brew. Needless to say, the growler didn’t last too long.

I’ve only had a couple of Ocelot beers (at local eateries) and just one from Bluejacket (a Stone Brewing collaboration), but if the two companies keep producing beers like Raised on Promises, I’d certainly be going out of my way to hunt it down. This is a big, flavorful Double IPA, but man, does it go down incredibly easily. Fruity, piney and spot on for a mix of old and new school? Gimme!

Appearance

A persistent cap of tawny foam fights to stick around right from the first sip. The beer is golden in color and shows excellent lacing as the head had fallen.

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