99 Bottles beer of the week

99 Bottles beer of the week

Boston.com's Gary Dzen, writer of the 99 Bottles craft beer column, chooses a beer each week to drink alongside his readers. First is up is JoJo, a "pink IPA" from Night Shift Brewing in Everett, Mass. Tune in at 8 p.m., with the beer if you'd like, and follow along for the tasting.

  • Gary Dzen, Boston.com 2/6/2014 1:23:54 AM
    Total grapefruit, pnihan
  • Whoa! Not as hoppy as I expected it to taste; floral, bitter finish? #99Bottles
  • @NSBrewers is it intentional that all your beers are as gorgeous to the eye as they taste? This pink tinge is subtle and artful #99bottles
  • Gary Dzen, Boston.com 2/6/2014 1:24:54 AM
    Dean that's the wrong beer. Try harder next time.
  • pnihan 2/6/2014 1:25:44 AM
    The aftertaste really hangs around, really pleasant
  • pnihan 2/6/2014 1:25:46 AM
    Tell Dean to just send that my way!
  • Gary Dzen, Boston.com 2/6/2014 1:26:17 AM
    Got to be honest, I've never had a beer with hibiscus. Without expectations for the ingredient, my take is that the flower mellows the bitterness of the hops a bit, makes the beer a tad more sweet.
  • Danny B 2/6/2014 1:26:27 AM
    Wandered into a package store today that I'd never been to, they had a fantastic selection, including what look like all of Night Shift. I'll need to go back soon.
  • Gary Dzen, Boston.com 2/6/2014 1:27:59 AM
    Went to Night Shift on Saturday and the brewery was bumping. They've sold all 600 memberships in their Barrel Society, which is quite an accomplishment.
  • joel5493 2/6/2014 1:28:03 AM
    Hey Pat. Yeah, that and the fact that I used my real name. How's Penn this season? Grapefruitbomb for sure. And I like it more the more I have. I haven't had a hibiscus beer before either but this is exactly what I'd imagine tasting like.
  • Danny B 2/6/2014 1:28:25 AM
    I've had candied hibiscus on baked cupcakes before. They offer a great taste there and here. I agree that they help tone down that impressive hops bill.
  • pnihan 2/6/2014 1:28:27 AM
    Gary, can I ask you how you pronounce you last name?
  • Gary Dzen, Boston.com 2/6/2014 1:28:39 AM
    "Zen". The D is silent.
  • Gary Dzen, Boston.com 2/6/2014 1:29:22 AM
    What else with this beer? I find the flavor profile of most beers changes when the beer warms.
  • Hibiscus is a new beer ingredient for me. Seems to mellow the bitterness of the hops. #99Bottles
  • pnihan 2/6/2014 1:30:37 AM
    Penn sucks this year, Joel.

    Okay Gary, now I'll be able to tell people about your column without sounding like a ignoramus
  • Gary Dzen, Boston.com 2/6/2014 1:31:00 AM
    No worries man. Not an obvious name to pronounce.
  • I love that it's not a crazy hop bomb. Really well-balanced and fruity. @NightShiftBeer #JoJo #99Bottles
  • Whoa! Not as hoppy as I expected it to taste; floral, bitter finish? #99Bottles
  • Gary Dzen, Boston.com 2/6/2014 1:32:16 AM
    Definitely, Catherine. I love that bitterness in the end, balanced by the floral sweetness.
  • Gary Dzen, Boston.com 2/6/2014 1:32:38 AM
    OK folks. While you're enjoying this one, what are your overall thoughts?
  • pnihan 2/6/2014 1:32:45 AM
    I'm having difficulties picking up the malt backbone. The hops and hibiscus are definitely the stars here.
  • Right. Still an IPA from start tom finish. RT @elkensky : @GaryDzen almost sweetens
  • Danny B 2/6/2014 1:34:33 AM
    Planning a Chocolate Porter for my next homebrew, the exact opposite of this beer.
  • pnihan 2/6/2014 1:34:34 AM
    Love the grapefruit. I also really like that there is just a little body to it. It looks great too. Overall very good.
  • .@NightShiftBeer has carved out a niche with sour, barrel-aged beer. JoJo is not that, at all. An IPA with a twist. Great variety.
  • joel5493 2/6/2014 1:36:20 AM
    I'm not getting any malt at all, really. I think if I didn't know this beer had hibiscus, I might mistake that bitterness for astringency but knowing it's in there makes it all come together. I like it, especially the grapefruit. It also helps that its unique, its local, and I'm drinking it a block from the street its named after.
  • Gary Dzen, Boston.com 2/6/2014 1:37:29 AM
    Is the lack of malt an issue for you, Joel? For example I love Sierra Nevada Celebration for the malt balance. I like Lagunitas Sucks, too, but sometimes miss the malt. JoJo is floral and aromatic first. I kind of like that.
  • I love that it's not a crazy hop bomb. Really well-balanced and fruity. @NightShiftBeer #JoJo #99Bottles
  • #99Bottles Nice creamy mouthfeel. Really sticks around the inside of the mouth too.
  • Not a huge fan of the bitterness (personal preference), but super interesting take on an IPA. Great flavor. #99Bottles
  • Gary Dzen, Boston.com 2/6/2014 1:40:09 AM
    That's perfectly OK, Catherine. They won't all be IPAs. Good to go from style to style.
  • pnihan 2/6/2014 1:40:16 AM
    Joel, we have to get down to their tasting room. Right now their location doesn't look like all that much, but there is a big luxury housing development going in right next door to them. Things are Night Shift are looking good.
  • joel5493 2/6/2014 1:40:19 AM
    No, not an issue, just an observation. Although I will say that I prefer malty beers with hop than hoppy beers with malt if that makes sense.
  • Gary Dzen, Boston.com 2/6/2014 1:40:58 AM
    Makes total sense to me, man. When you delve deep into the IPA you find out what you like. I'm in up to my neck....
  • pnihan 2/6/2014 1:43:08 AM
    that's why we are making our next brew a Zoe clone, dude. Malty with hop.
  • joel5493 2/6/2014 1:43:13 AM
    Trust me, I love me some IPA. When I'm in the mood for one, I like my hoppy beers to stay hoppy. Yeah, Pat - let's do it up. Gary - have you had any Treehouse beers?
  • Gary Dzen, Boston.com 2/6/2014 1:43:24 AM
    I've had Julius. Loved it.
  • .@GaryDzen We really try to showcase the depth of talent & creativity from our brewing team. Sours, wilds, stouts, saison & IPA! #99bottles
  • I love that #JOJO focuses on the floral aroma more than the piny resin taste of the current IPA trend #99bottles
  • Gary Dzen, Boston.com 2/6/2014 1:45:09 AM
    Meanwhile Jeff Green is going off for the Celtics, up 83-73.
  • Gary Dzen, Boston.com 2/6/2014 1:45:49 AM
    My advice is to focus on the JoJo and keep one eye open on this Celtics-Sixers game. You'll be happier that way.
  • Danny B 2/6/2014 1:45:54 AM
    I like the flavor a lot, and that it packs a lot to it without being a super-high ABV brew.
  • joel5493 2/6/2014 1:46:32 AM
    Nightshift folks - nice work on this beer!
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