This morning’s hike through the desert with the Cracks and Holes Hiking Club rated a shower beer. Fortunately, my shower comes equipped with a ledge for just such an occasion.
Bosque’s Hazy IPA has been acclaimed elsewhere, so we won’t recover that ground with any more than the summation of it being fantastic and that you should drink it. Here we’re concerned with its performance as a shower beer, and I’m going to rate it a 7.5/10 for this application.
That different mouth feel of a hazy IPA (more full-bodied? creamier? whatever...) isn’t an attribute in a shower beer. It feels just a bit more along the line of the hot, steamy water flowing over you, when stark cold contrast is what we’re after in the beer for the shower. The coldest, boldest, hoppiest IPA you can find revels in the sublime contrast to hot shower. Those cold calories rejuvenate your soul while the soap and water restore the veneer civilization upon your biology. The richer profile of the hazy IPA just doesn’t suit quite as well. The aluminium (said in the British manner) can (pun intended) also heat soaks a bit faster.
In the end, it was still a wonderful earned treat. My gold standard for shower beers remains Great Divide’s IPA in glass bottles. May we all be so lucky.