It’s no secret that Scofflaw is one of my favorite new breweries, with a winning portfolio of hop-forward beers that cover a range of West Coast and Northeast styles and many places in-between.
But Hooligan, which debuted as a limited tasting room release in September 2016, shortly after the brewery opened, is a big favorite of the brewers and staff at Scofflaw.
And now, it’s this weeks’s Beer Pick.
Scofflaw Brewing Co., Atlanta
Available at the Scofflaw tasting room and in limited release on draft and in cans.
Scofflaw brewmaster Travis Herman created Hooligan with a whole bunch of Australian Galaxy hops, augmented by some Mosaic hops, and a light backdrop of pale malt. Unfiltered, but more cloudy than hazy, it pours a pale yellow with a frothy white head.
On the palate, look for lots of late addition hop character, with flavors and aromas of passionfruit, mango, pineapple, and citrus (of course), and that touch of funk in the nose that Mosaic is known for. Overall, it’s a complex beer that still manages to be approachable, which is a nice trick, and will likely make you want more than one.
Like many IPAs with tropical fruit notes, Hooligan makes a good match for Southeast Asian food with flavors of lime, tamarind and chile, including Thai, Vietnamese, and Malaysian dishes. But it might be fun to try pairing it with tropical desserts, too, such as a simple mango syllabub or a slice of sweet-tart key lime pie.