The Best Brew Beer Mary Challenge rages on with the next contender, Rush River Bubblejack India Pale Ale (created by Minnesota’s fellow beer-loving neighbor, Wisconsin). Rush River’s is the third IPA put up to the Best Brew Mary Challenge, and (spoiler alert) I have officially determined that IPA’s make some damn fine Beer Mary’s. At 6.5% ABV content, Rush River Bubblejack is surprisingly smooth, with a wholesome wheat flavor.
Flavor profile: According to Rush River, this is how their India Pale Ale tastes: “Incredibly smooth, this ale is truly a phenomenon in taste. This American Style IPA is brewed with a lighter grain bill which allows the various Yakima Valley hops to shine. Bubblejack IPA is also dry-hopped prior to packaging for an added hop aroma.”
Rush River’s Bubblejack shined with both V8 and Clamato, it’s hearty wheat flavor a nice complement to the acidic tomato. The flavor created between the beer commingling with the V8/Clamato is able to successfully hold up on its own, but toss in some hot sauce for good measure. Prior to pouring, I rimmed the glass with Durango Hickory Smoked Sea Salt (my new favorite seasoning). The delightful hickory smoke scent and flavor will haunt you (in a good way), and makes an excellent and flavorful addition to a Beer Mary. Gives a real outdoorsy kick. If you’re lucky enough to be able to easily pick up a 6-pack of Rush River, go gets yourself some and enjoy one hell of a tasty Beer Mary. A all the way.