Beer of the Week: Twin Sails x Boombox Tone Def

Drinking game idea: drink every time the word orange is mentioned in this post.

I’m writing this post with massive heart eyes. Two breweries that are continuously slaying juicy hop forward beers got together and did a collaboration that caused every craft beer nerd in the lower mainland to rejoice! I knew the moment I took a sip of this beer that it needed to be featured on the wet hop as beer of the week. The beer I’m like totally crushing on is Tone Def by Twin Sails and Boombox Brewing.

By now, you should be familiar with both breweries. We’ve highlighted each of them before and probably will continue to do so as they consistently knock it out of the park with their limited releases. Twin Sails often hosts Saturday limited can releases while Boombox offers us Boombox Wednesdays for theirs; thanks for not having a conflicting schedule, you two!

Tone Def is a New England style double IPA, so it basically pours like slightly pulpy Tropicana orange juice. It is the most gorgeous hazy orange with a cloudy white head. The moment you crack open the can, orange esters fill the air and your nose. When you pour this beer, it’s the equivalent of peeling an orange. The flavour echos the aroma perfectly: orange peel, grapefruit…basically you’ll be tasting a citrus fruit salad. The Citra, Amarillo, and Azacca (my favourite!) hops add another level of citrus complexity but also notes of juicy tropical fruits like pineapple and passionfruit. Tone Def comes in at 8% with 60 IBUS. It’s incredibly balanced, juicy, and leaves a pleasant slight lingering bitterness on the palate.

Photo credit: Twin Sails’ Instagram

Blood oranges are one of my favourite fruits. I often stock up when they’re in season and am always amazed at their crimson flesh. They’re unique in the sense that you get typical orange flavour, but also hints of ripe raspberry. It’s a difficult flavour to nail –everything I’ve had that has been blood orange flavour ends up tasting like McDonald’s orange drink; artificial and just wrong– but these breweries ended up being extremely successful with their offering. My only complaint about this beer is that it wasn’t released in the summer. I’d love to be sitting at Trout Lake with Tone Def and a boombox.


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