Liquid Assets: Cloud Surfer from Raleigh’s Trophy Brewing Company

There have been some great movies centered around surfing, such as the 1966 documentary “The Endless Summer,” or “Point Break,” which featured Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves.

Let’s not forget surf rock, which made Dick Dale and The Beach Boys famous.

In 2016, beer lovers around the Triangle were once again introduced to another surfer hit that’s even more famous than any of the aforementioned — Cloud Surfer from Raleigh’s Trophy Brewing Company.

The flavor wave in this modern IPA allowed the brewery to experiment with brewing hazy beers and bridge the gap between classic hoppy beer and the fruit-forward aroma of what everyone craves today in a hazy IPA.

Cracking open a can of Cloud Surfer and pouring it into a glass, you’ll witness, according to co-owner Chris Powers “a vision of the evolution of the IPA.” With its crisp and balanced bitterness inspired by the West Coast IPA, the straw-yellow color and silky mouthfeel pay homage to the New England style IPA. It’s the best of both worlds.

Cloud Surfer boasts an abundance of candied lime, mango and pineapple, which puts the beer in a class of its own.

This 6.5% ABV modern IPA is such a popular attraction at the brewery and in bottle shops that Trophy has decided to bring back the famous Cloud Surfer Day this May for the first time since 2019.

This year, Trophy has come up with three different variants: Aloha Surfer, Triple Surfer, and Terpey Surfer. The latter of the surfers will be a new addition that is heavy on terpenes from hop extracts. Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in all plants, including hops, which, when extracted, add a massive burst to the taste of beer.

If everybody had a beer across the USA, then everybody would be Cloud Surfing like in North Caroli-n-a!

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