Sunshine in a can is a very overused phrase, but i’m going to roll it out again for this one.
Fruitier than a Caribbean fruit basket, this one has juice and tropical flavours for days and makes it a thoroughly pleasant beer.
It’s inspired from a previous collaboration DEYA did with Other Half and it’s a fitting tribute to sunshine in all it’s formats.
For an IPA that’s so packed full of fruity flavours, the aroma is actually more malty and subtle than you would expect, with a hint of tropical scent but by no means loads.
I was actually setting myself up for disappointment, then I took a sip and all was right in the world again. The initial flavour is quite hoppy, but it avoids any bitterness at all and that quickly fades into tart, citrus flavour not unlike mango or guava.
The aftertaste keeps the tropical flavours which sit on the tongue in that almost-sour way that tropical citrus fruits are known for, but they’re joined by the hops again to balance the beer beautifully.
There’s a lot going on with this can, the background is something that you’re likely to find on a gaudy Hawaiian shirt in a gift shop with it’s garish pink and pastel flowers.
The main interest is the DEYA crocodile mascot who is resplendent in tropical finery, lounging around in various positions as if it’s on a beach.
Bonus points for the shiny can. I love a shiny can. For me it just screams ‘craft’, and even though it adds nothing to the design it adds a lot to the aesthetic.
You can get your hands on this can full of tropical sunshine from Beer Merchants for £5.95 for the 440ml can.