Open Air Phoenix is a 6% smoked IPA from Open Air Brewing, based in Kobe, in Hyogo, Japan. It’s part of their canned and draught lineup, though its availability is unknown at the time of writing. Open Air Phoenix is brewed using Cryo Idaho 7, Cryo Denali, Cryo Citra, and HBC 472. In terms of getting the smoke into Open Air Phoenix, Open Air Brewing use smoked malt in the mash.
Open Air Phoenix : At A Glance
- Alcohol : 6%
- Style : Smoked IPA
- Hops : Cryo Idaho 7, Cryo Denali, Cryo Citra, and HBC 472
- IBU : –
- Availability : –
- On Sale : From November 2022
- Size : 350 ml
- Price : From 600 ml
Aroma & Taste
- Notable Aromas : Light smokey meat aroma with citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit. Subtle pineapple and light malt sweetness when warm.
- Notable Tastes : Medium bodied sweetness with lingering smokey flavour. Citrus notes similar to nose and light to medium bitterness.
Open Air Phoenix : Aroma & Taste
Open Air Phoenix poured out a very hazy golden colour with a plump white head that collapsed leaving some white streaks down the side. Open Air Phoenix had a peculiar aroma of smokiness, along with the typical citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit that my nose picks out on every single IPA that I have. As Open Air Phoenix warmed up, there was a slight note of pineapple to the beer, along with a light malt sweetness.
Open Air Phoenix didn’t have a punchy bitterness to the body, but more of one that developed over time to bring some contrasting flavour to the initial smokiness that seemed to resonate throughout drinking. The citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit made an appearance in the body that were balanced nicely with the smokiness and made it seem like I was drinking something that came across as a citrus meaty beer – if that makes sense? There was a medium sweetness to the body that supported the flavours but never dominated over.
Open Air Phoenix : The Bottom Line
I don’t know if smoked IPAs are going to be a style, but Open Air Phoenix was an interesting take on a rauch and IPA.
Open Air Phoenix : Where to Buy
Open Air Phoenix can be bought online at the following places: