Mother Earth Sweet Spot
Brewed by: Mother Earth Brew Co.
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: IPA
- Variation: American
- Seasonal: January – March
- ABV: 7.2%
- IBU: 67
Notes: Canned for the first time in 2016.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
What more can we say? Hop additions of Magnum, Cascade and a LOT of Galaxy just knocked this IPA right out of the park with the very first swing. Or was it swig…
Crack the lid, pour it with a nice, thick head, then kick back and let the endorphin rush begin baby. You found that Sweet Spot and you’re going to hit it again and again and again.
Hops: Cascade, Magnum, and Galaxy
More Mother Earth Sweet Spot Images
Artwork: Hitter is knocking a fat, juicy hop out of the ballpark.
Color: Hazy, copper to dark gold.
Aroma: Earthy grassiness with mild notes of mango.
Arrived in: 12oz. Can
Served in: Goblet
Mother Earth Brew Co is not very active on social media, so we initially learned of this beer’s release from the Three B Zine podcast back in January, and it has been a staple in our fridge ever since. Whether or not this beer was baseball themed, there was no way we could have passed up a chance to partake in a new IPA from this brewery.
Based out of Vista, Mother Earth Brew Co is one of the OG, pioneering breweries in North County. Although their Hop Diggity is one of our favorite Double IPAs in the greater San Diego area, they also brew some impeccable lesser hopped ales like Pin-Up Pale ale, Boo-Koo, and Kismet that should not be overlooked. You can now add Sweet Spot to that list.
After the last drop of ale splashed out of the can and into the glass, it was time to play ball! A moderate, yet fluffy head rested on top of Sweet Spot’s beautiful deep bronze to coppery colored body. The beer was a bit hazy, but we could still see plenty of effervescent action, which kept a pleasing coating of froth going.
Once its soft coating calmed down, we could inhale some of this ale’s pleasing aroma. Sweet Spot offered an earthy grassiness at first, chased by some mild tropical notes of mango, with maybe some lemon peel mixed in. Although it featured some fruit notes, the nose was primarily floral, which definitely carried over into its flavor profile.
Mother Earth Sweet Spot was floral and earthy to start, with just enough maltiness for balance. As we got to the finish its grassiness intensified, while a quick hit of Galaxy’s trademark peach closed things out. This IPA was fairly gentle by today’s standard, but still managed a firm bitterness.
Sweet Spot was delicious, but also threw us a curveball in the sense that the blend of Cascade, Magnum, and Galaxy hops melded together for a largely floral bouquet on the palate. With Galaxy known for highly concentrated juicy citrus, stone fruit, and tropical notes, we were expecting more fruitiness than grassiness, but this ale still worked fantastically.
This beer was on the hearty side for a single IPA, and absolutely hit the “sweet spot” with its creamy mouthfeel. With the extra body it had, it was almost like some wheat was used. Its resilient frothy coating also added to its creaminess, making for a smooth drinkability.
We would have gladly kept drinking this beer throughout the dog days of summer, but unfortunately Sweet Spot’s run as a quarterly limited release had come to a close before baseball season started. We know this IPA was well received, and hopefully Mother Earth can time it to coincide with baseball next year.
Final Score: 4/5
Mother Earth Sweet Spot was very grassy, like fresh cut turf on a baseball field. This India Pale Ale also proved not every IPA needs to swing for the extra bitterness fences to deliver a clutch hit.