450 North has absolutely nailed the “slushy in beer form” experience with their SLUSHY XL Orange Splash. This vibrant fruited sour ale recreates the sweet-tart orange slushie flavor in the most refreshingly crushable way possible. It’s the ideal beer for beating the summer heat.

The beer pours a brilliant neon orange color, visually mimicking an actual orange slushy drink. A minimal white head fizzles away quickly. The aroma wafting from the glass is like sticking your nose into a freshly made orange julius – intense notes of sweet orange juice, citrus zest, vanilla cream, and fruity tang.

Taking a sip, you’re transported directly back to childhood sipping on an orange cream slushie from the convenience store. Flavors of candied orange peel, orange creamsicle, and zesty orange juice explode across the palate. The sour base beer provides the perfect puckering acidity to balance the vibrant orange flavors.

As it warms, the beer develops an even richer, creamier texture akin to melted ice cream or a milkshake. Notes of vanilla ice cream emerge, meshing with the sweet orange notes in luxurious fashion. The bright acidity never fades though, keeping things refreshing.

450 North has absolutely mastered recreating nostalgic slushy flavors in beer form with SLUSHY XL Orange Splash. It’s bursting with authentic, juicy orange taste yet kept bright and crushable by the tangy sour base. This is dessert in a glass and the ultimate summer sunbather. An absolute must-try fruited sour.

Tasting Notes:

  • Aroma: Intense sweet orange juice, citrus zest, vanilla cream, fruity tang
  • Appearance: Brilliant neon orange, minimal white head
  • Flavor: Candied orange peel, orange creamsicle, orange juice, puckering sourness
  • Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy like a milkshake, bright acidity
  • Overall: A spot-on liquid orange slushy, juicy yet refreshing
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Review: SLUSHY XL Orange Splash by 450 North Brewing

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