Coastal Fog IPA - Tied House Brewery, San Jose
My membership in a beer of the month club was recently canceled (Don't worry, we parted on good terms), but the last shipment was already in the mail so it looks like I've ended up getting 12 more beers than expected, oh no... This final shipment hit my doorstep about a month ago and I'm finally getting around to these short Golden Gate clad IPAs labeled "Coastal Fog". This beer is brewed and bottled by the Tied House Brewery in San Jose. I've heard absolutely nothing about this beer and even less about the brewer, so this should be fun... or a regrettable mistake.
The body of the Coastal Fog is a great golden orange color, crystal clear and topped by a respectably thin white bubbly head. The aroma coming off this beer is very light, so light that it's hard to pick up much of anything. I got a brief whiff of hops and a mild malted aroma, that's about it.
The flavor of this beer really isn't much more remarkable... The Coastal Fog IPA doesn't smell like an IPA and it doesn't really taste like one either. It's maybe 30% of the way there. That other 70% is all watered down malt that doesn't seem to belong. When you take a sip you get a little hops and honey flavor up front, followed by a respectable bitterness and then water... lots of water. The body dissipates so fast it's absurd. I drank about a third of this beer while writing this review and then dumped the rest. The Coastal Fog is a waste of time, I don't know why anyone would drink this over any of the other Bay Area beers.