Mighty Squirrel originally launched as a contract brewery focused on high protein beers for people with active lifestyles. Lots of breweries try to market to the “go on a long run and then have a couple beers” customers, either with branding or with claims about the beer itself. I’ve never really understood it, I’ve run some road races and grabbed beers afterwards but never felt the need to tailor my beer to my workout. I could be wrong, but it looks like Mighty Squirrel has moved on from this, focusing instead on making great beer without any gimmicks. They are also working on building their own brewery in Waltham. One of the new beers added to Mighty Squirrel’s lineup is Cloud Candy a NEIPA brewed with Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo hops. Mighty Squirrel Cloud Candy is available year round on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Mighty Squirrel Cloud Candy pours hazy light yellow with a solid white head. The nose features a big burst of fruity hops. This is a hop-bomb New England style IPA, notes of grapefruit, pineapple, orange and peach along with a soft bitterness. This is complemented by a light malt backbone, hints of bread crust and crackers. Cloud Candy is medium bodied and drinks easy, not overly boozy at 6.5% ABV. The finish is crisp and just a touch sweet with plenty of lingering hop flavor. This is a very good NEIPA, I’m impressed and definitely looking forward to checking out the brewery in Waltham when it opens. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.