Hi-5 is an American IPA brewed by Terrapin Beer Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a can.
The ale pours a crystal clear marigold with a tall stack of dense off-white foam that shows fine retention. The head reduces slowly and leaves small patches of sticky lace on the glass. Effervescence is visibly apparent.
The aroma is a blend of orange juice, citrus, and pine.
Taste begins with soft biscuit and ramps quickly to a biting mix of citrus, floral, and herbal hops. Finishes with a biting note of grapefruit juice that’s undercut slightly by a sweet taste of tropical fruit. A hint of caramel adds some balance to the base.
Carbonation is elevated for the style, giving a prickly feel on the tongue. Otherwise, the mouthfeel’s medium body is standard for an IPA. The finish is a little sticky.
The Hi-5 is part of Terrapin’s core offering and it’s easy to understand why. The IPA drinks above its ABV and packs a lot of flavor in a brew that’s quite easy to tilt back. And the hopheads will enjoy the Hi-5 as its 80 IBUs and light malt give a lot of room for the hops to play.
The brewery recommends the following food pairings: cheeses of gruyere or asiago. Fish tacos with crispy, crunchy cod or grilled Mahi-Mahi, loaded with freshly diced onions, roasted jalapeno, avocado, lettuce, fresh lime, and garlicky aioli or mango chutney.