From the Beer Writer: Hazy, hoppy ales are the single most popular category for craft beer drinkers right now. As such, just about every brewery is producing one…or several. Count Coronado Brewing among them. They have been on the Northeast-bound train for some time and doing a good job with it. This week, they are expanding their hazy offerings to include Leisure Lagoon, a hazy pale ale that leans on old-school “C” hops to provide an opaque drinking experience deviating from standard “juiciness.” This beer is more green and grassy with pine resin flavors in the finish like a classic West Coast pale. At 5.5% alcohol-by-volume and lacking the creamy, coating texture of most hazy beers, it is extremely drinkable, providing an everyday, earthy, evergreen porch-pounder for fans of traditional pales and IPAs. Still need a juice fix? Breathe deep. Leisure lagoon features prominent notes of peach, key lime and ripe mango that are positively delightful.
From the Brewer: “Leisure Lagoon hazy pale ale is the newest addition to our year-round line-up of 16-ounce beers. The idea for Leisure Lagoon has been brewing for a while. We knew we wanted to add another hazy to our portfolio, but we wanted it to be very different from North Island IPA. The first thing we decided on was a lower alcohol by volume—we wanted this beer to be really sessionable. Next was the hop profile. Unlike most hazies, we wanted to go a little old school and very classic West Coast with the hop profile. We use a blend of Columbus, Cascade and Centennial, which gives the beer a bright citrus and grapefruit aroma with a touch of earthy dankness. The London III yeast adds a nice mouthfeel and accentuates the fruitiness of the hops for a fun twist on what you’d expect from most hazies. Leisure Lagoon is a West Coast spin on an East Coast style, and we think people will really enjoy it.”—Shawn Steele, Director of Brewery Operations, Coronado Brewing