Beer Review: Sundrifter (South County Brewing Company)

Beer Review: Sundrifter (South County Brewing Company)

Sundrifter, a terrific beer to relax while procrastinating and NOT mowing.

Another weekend in May means another chance to mow… or to try and put off mowing until you absolutely have to, which is just as wise. Even wiser when you have a fantastic beer to drink and sip and read rather than do that sweat inducing mowing!

And today’s beer for the task of procrastination is “Sundrifter” by South County Brewing Company. An absolutely fantastic and refreshing IIPA New England that is pure deliciousness.

So let’s dive into this fantastic beer!

Name: Sundrifter

Brewery: South County Brewing Company

Style: Double Imperial New England IPA

ABV: 8%

IBU: 15

Untappd Write-up: A soft bright New England double IPA, brewed with Pilsner malt, wheat and oats. Pacific Northwest and German hops. We get notes of light pineapple, white peach, white gummy bear, pear and a hint of white wine.

Canned Date: 4.9.19 (Consumed: 5.30.19)


The coloring is a light straw yellow, not incredibly hazy for a New England IPA but a soft see-through-able light yellow. It has a terrific head to it that stays and doesn’t go away.

The aroma is a sweet pineapple and peach with the smell of a brewery in process. That distinct muted hop smell blended in with the fruity aromatic notes. Its distinctive to anyone whose ever stepped foot in a working brewery, the smell of the malts and oats and the hops all blended into a perfect smell lingering in the air. Like at a bakery or a deli that just simple perfect smell.

As soon as you take a sip of it you realize how crisp and refreshing and simple the beer is. Its light, seemingly too light for a 8% DIPA, but that it definitely is. The hops lend a very mellow pineapple, peach, and mango flavor that is smooth and has zero bitterness. A creamy smoothness from the malt-oats that lends it the crisp and clear and easy drinking beer. Add this to the column of easily deceptive “crushable” 8%+ IPA/IIPA’s.


My Untappd Rating: ****.25

Global Untappd Rating: 4.14 (as of 5.30.19)


-B. Kline

Last Updated: January 4, 2024By Tags: , , ,

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