The Thirsty Beagle: Review: Roughtail Adaptation No. 6

Friday, October 14, 2016

Review: Roughtail Adaptation No. 6

So, here I am. It's past 11:45 p.m. on Friday, and I'm sitting here at my kitchen table savoring a glass of Roughtail Adaptation No. 6. I may or may not be listening to Vince Guaraldi Trio Charlie Brown Christmas music, but that's really none of your business.


Point is, I grabbed a four pack of Roughtail's Adaptation No. 6 today. What's that? You don't have your own four pack yet? Sorry about that.

The beer is set to be released tomorrow -- Saturday, Oct. 15 at the brewery during the Adaptation No. 6 release party. High noon.

Be there or be square.

So, how about Adaptation No. 6? Let's cut to the chase -- it is good.

You will probably want to get out to the brewery tomorrow at high noon, because this may be one of the most aromatic beers I've ever seen, or smelled, in my life.

Seriously though, the aroma will straight up knock your socks off. I'm talking serious, serious tropical fruit aroma. Plus some mango. I might be inclined to say this is like dry-hopped Citra on steroids. (Although the main hops are fresh Mosaic flown in from the hop fields and added to the whirlpool the next day. Roughtail brewmaster Tony Tielli told me they watched for the UPS tracking notification, and timed the brew to match up with the hops' arrival.)

The appearance is a nice, golden orange that's actually a lot less hazy than I anticipated.


As far as mouthfeel goes, this beer is very satisfying. It's got a certain creamy, fullness to it that just hits the spot and lets you know you're not drinking some stupid fake "craft" beer at Chili's.

The taste of the beer is outstanding. The tropical fruit carries the day, I would say. It's obvious up front and carries through nicely, lingering on the end in a pleasing way. The beer is not overly bitter, so if your wife or girlfriend doesn't like IPAs, you should have her drink this. I'm serious.

Overall, the beer is dank, massively aromatic, hoppy and not overly bitter. Late-addition hops are the star of the day. It's aggressive, yet restrained, if that makes sense.

Tielli told me this beer is very similar to Adaptation No. 2. If you liked that, than you will almost undoubtedly like this.


Roughtail has produced 260 cases of this. I'm sure many of those cases will be snapped up tomorrow, so you'll want to act fast.

There will be a few kegs on tap at the brewery, but Tielli said he wasn't yet certain if any kegs would hit the open market. He also wasn't sure how many cases of cans would be sent out to distribution. My feeling was he was going to see what happened on Saturday before making that decision.

You definitely can do worse than heading out to Roughtail at noon to score yourself a few cans.

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