Yesterday I posted about why it feels weird writing about beer with everything that is going on in the world, and why I am going to try and keep doing it anyway. I hope it provides a sliver of normalcy, something that is hard to come by right now. I am really missing sports right now, the Celtics and the Bruins were both having great seasons and, while I totally understand and agree with the decisions to shut down, it would be nice to have the distraction. Some sports channels are filling the empty timeslots by showing classic games, where you can watch some of the best teams ever assembled. Arguably the greatest basketball team of all time was the Dream Team, the 1992 US men’s Olympic basketball team. It was the first year that the US used players from the NBA, and this team was stacked with Hall of Famers. Lone Pine harkens back to this team with their DIPA named after the Dream Team, and using the same color scheme from their logo. Lone Pine Dream Team is brewed with a blend of 5 hops, and is available on a rotating basis on draft 9when draft beer is available again) and in 16 oz cans.
Lone Pine Dream Team pours slightly hazy light orange with a substantial off-white head. The aroma is all fruity New World hops. The flavor is also very hop forward, notes of grapefruit, mango, and papaya along with just a touch of bitterness. This is balanced by a noticeable malt backbone, hints of bread crust and honey. I would mostly classify Dream Team as New England style, but it has some American IPA elements. Dream Team is medium-bodied and drinks very easy for a beer with 8% ABV. The finish is crisp with plenty of residual hop flavor. This is a really nice DIPA, loads of hop flavor but enough else going on to keep it from fruit juice level. Give it a try if you find it in the stores! Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.
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