Beer Tastings: Shambo — RoHa Brewing Project

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Welcome to Beer Tastings, a weekly series in which Utah Beer News highlights a particularly tasty local brew. This week we crack open a Shambo juicy IPA from RoHa Brewing Project. What are you drinking? Let us know!

Beer Tastings: Shambo

Tastings - Shambo Juicy IPA - RoHa Brewing ProjectThe IPA “haze craze” took over the craft beer world in 2018. Perceived bitterness gave way to hop juiciness that more and more palates seemed to crave.

RoHa Brewing Project jumped into the “juicy” IPA game in late November with its Shambo offering.

Shambo — ROsHAmbo, aka rock-paper-scissors — is packed with fruity aromas. For me, I got tons of citrus (orange and tangerine), and some apricot.

Flavors are just as fruity, though I got a nice hit of orange peel/pith bitterness toward the end. It finished, for me, with a pleasant tanginess to buffer a bit of the juicy sweetness. Finishing hops are Citra and Mandarina Bavaria, RoHa says.

As is the norm with juicy/hazy IPAs, don’t expect to gaze through the glass and see your drinking partner across the table. The unfiltered Shambo pours a cloudy orange with a rocky off-white head that laces the glass.

RoHa Brewing Project

We gave a brief rundown of the RoHa Brewing Project in our Maltese Red Cross Tastings column. The small tasting room nestled between State and Main on Kensington Ave. remains a comfortable place to enjoy a pint. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable about the beers they’re serving.

Inside Scoop: Subscribers to the RoHa email list were invited to purchase Shambo a day before it went on sale to the general public.

Shambo — RoHa Brewing Project
Tastings - Shambo Juicy IPA - RoHa Brewing Project

Product Name: Shambo

Product Description: Brewer's Notes from RoHa Brewing Project: This is a big hop forward IPA, with a punch of juicy citrus notes in the aroma. The pineapple, stone fruit, and citrus hop flavors are prevalent. This beer is unfiltered, allowing its true flavor profile to come through. The nose is clean and finishes smooth. The juicy hop aroma cannot go unnoticed.

  • Aroma
  • Appearance
  • Flavor
  • Mouthfeel

Overall Impression

RoHa Brewing Project’s initial “juicy” IPA offering is true to its style. Lots of citrus juiciness throughout the aroma and flavor. For me, a tanginess at the end helped to buffer the blast of fruity sweetness.

  • Aroma: Lots of citrus (orange, tangerine) and some apricot
  • Appearance: Densely orange
  • Flavor: Citrus fruit-forward, with a bit of orange peel/pith bitterness
  • Mouthfeel: Tangy and tongue-coating

But you don’t have to take my word for it.

Notes: The tasting notes format is adapted from a Homebrew Academy Beer Tasting Mastery course I took in 2017. Utah Beer News is not compensated in any way for beers mentioned in the Tastings series.