Sweetwater Strain Trainwreck Hazy Double IPA

Review Date 7/4/2020 By John Staradumsky

Atlanta’s Sweetwater brewery is on a tear with their 420 Strain series of hemp infused beers. It all started with the original, 420 Strain G13 IPA, and I loved it from the first sip. Next came 420 Strain Mango Kush Wheat Ale, another winner, closely followed by 420 Strain Chocolope Stout. Not long ago, I came across the latest installment, Sweetwater Strain Trainwreck Hazy Double IPA. I picked up a six-pack while braving the aisles of Target during the coronavirus pandemic.

The original G13 is my favorite of the series, and one supposes it is inevitable that a double IPA version would join it. This is, though, a hazy “New England Style” DIPA, a slight variation from the original but as we shall see, one with a character not far removed from it.

Sweetwater says:

The Strain keeps rolling along with this hazy double IPA. Aromas of citrusy orange hit first with a caboose full of vanilla and pine notes following. Billowing dank aroma and strain-specific terpenes jump the whole thing off the rails.

Ingredients from the website:

Malt Bill: 2-Row, Pilsner, Wheat, Oat

Hops: Amarillo, Lotus, Bravo, Centennial, Azacca

Dry Hop: Amarillo, Lotus, Bravo, Centennial, Azacca

Sweetwater Strain Trainwreck Hazy Double IPA has an alcohol content of 8% by volume with 77 IBUs. I paid $11.39 for my six-pack at Target. My bottles are stamped best if enjoyed by 08/24/20.

Sweetwater Strain Trainwreck Hazy Double IPA pours to a hazy orange color with a thick fluffy white head and an intensely “dank” hempy nose. Taking a sip, the beer is medium in malt with intense orange citrusy notes, like OJ that’s been sitting in your fridge just a bit too long (but you like it), some piney resin, and intense dank herbal hemp notes. The label suggests vanilla, and damned if I don’t get that, too, on into the dry and bitter finish.

I love it! A welcome new edition to the 420 Strain family, and I hear tell there’s another one out there, too, a Mexican style lager. You’ll excuse me while I go try to find some, won’t you?  

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned