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Beer Review: Shploing!! Mango S’mores

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Shploing!! Mango S’mores – an India Pale Ale
brewed and canned for Omnipollo by Dorchester Brewing Co. in Boston, MA

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Saw this at my local bottle shop, and was immediately intrigued. An IPA brewed with marshmallows? I couldn’t imagine it, so I knew I had to try it. Besides, the can design is awesome!

Shploing!! Mango S’mores is an IPA brewed with marshmallows, graham crackers, salt and lactose sugar with mangos and vanilla added. I love IPAs and I love s’mores, but I really couldn’t imagine the two meeting. It poured from the can a hazy, straw color with about a finger of off-white head. The head dissipated really quickly. The aroma was exactly what I was hoping for: strong mango scent, with a distinct vanilla marshmallow smell cutting through. The taste was prominently tropical fruit and citrusy hops. I picked up on an incredibly subtle vanilla aftertaste. The malt flavor definitely took the back seat to the hops, though I could see it being described as graham crackery (I suspect this to have a lot more to do with the actual malts used than the fact that it was brewed with graham crackers, but who knows?) There was a bit of sediment at the bottom, but not invasive or so much that bothered me. I’ll be honest, I expected a lot more marshmallow flavor than there was from this beer; but I was also worried it would be too sweet for my liking which it was not. I had fun trying this, and there were some subtle unique flavors, but overall I would categorize this as a basic, but solid, India Pale Ale. I highly recommend it for the bitter hopheads, but suggest you stay away if you’re only in it for the marshmallow. Shploing!! Mango S’mores IPA clocks in at 7% ABV.

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Have you tried Shploing!! Mango S’mores? What was your opinion of it? What is the most unique combination of flavors you’ve had in a beer? I’d love to hear from you, please feel free to comment below!

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“The Dale Cooper” Coffee, Cherry Pie, Whiskey Shake

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In honor of the return of Twin Peaks this evening (after a 25 year hiatus!) I wanted to share with you a boozy shake called “The Dale Cooper.” Inspired by Special Agent Dale Cooper’s affinity for coffee and cherry pie, this is one drink you’re going to want to make before the Showtime premier tonight. I hope it’s as good as what Norma serves up at The Double R Diner!

Note: This recipe uses all vegan ingredients, but I’m sure it will also taste great if you go the dairy route.

Ingredients:

2 cups vanilla cashew ice cream
1/4 cup cashew milk
1 cup frozen black cherries
2 packets (4 g) decaffeinated instant coffee crystals
1 shot of whiskey
1 graham cracker

Optional Toppings: Crushed graham crackers, whole espresso beans, & vegan whipped cream!

Instructions:

Throw it all in a blender, and blend! Top with crushed graham crackers, whole espresso beans, & whipped cream. Enjoy!

Shelly and Coop


Did you try the recipe? How did it turn out? Do you have any improvements or suggestions? Please comment below!