Big Drop Brewing Poolside DDH IPA Review

The Poolside DDH IPA is the third beer I have tried from Big Drop Brewing. The previous ones have been quite good but as you will read in this beer review, this one blew me out of the water. The IBU of the Poolside DDH IPA is 62 and the hops used are Azacca, Chinook, Mosaic, and Motueka.

This beer was released in 2020.

BreweryBig Drop Brewing
Beer NamePoolside DDH IPA
Beer StyleNon-alcoholic IPA
Tasting NotesTropical, mainly pineapple and pine
Hops UsedAzacca, Chinook, Mosaic, and Motueka
Caloric Content92 kcal per can, 27.2 kcal per 100 ml
Release Year2020
Our Rating45/50

Tasting notes for Poolside DDH IPA

The Big Drop Poolside DDH IPA pours golden and Big Drop Brewing has nailed the head. Although the beer is double dry-hopped I don’t think the aroma is comparable to that of an alcoholic DIPA. After the beer got a bit warmer I started to get some pineapple on the nose.

After that, it was time for my first sip. I got really blown away because this beer tastes amazing. In my opinion, it is better than both the Pine Trail Pale Ale and the Paradiso Citra IPA from the same brewery. The mouthfeel is almost like an alcoholic beer and the carbonation is right on point. I believe they have managed the-almost-perfect mouthfeel thanks to the added lactose in the beer.

The flavours are very tropical, mainly pineapple and some pine, and I’m very impressed with how well they manage to balance the flavours without any alcohol. At times I did not really believe this is actually a non-alcoholic beer. Just wow! I really wish all non-alcoholic IPAs would taste this good.


Nutrition side of can of Poolside DDH IPA

The calories in the Big Drop Poolside IPA is 92 kcal per can or 27.2 kcal per 100 ml. It is a bit higher than many non alcoholic craft beers but with a taste like this, I absolutely do not care.

It is not gluten-free and because of the added lactose it is also not a vegan beer.

Our Big Drop Poolside DDH IPA Verdict

This is probably the best non-alcoholic IPA I have reviewed so far on this website. The flavour is just amazing in every imaginable way despite the aroma being a bit of a letdown. I am looking forward to the day I will drink a better non alcoholic beer than this because I believe that is something that will not happen in 2023.

Our rating: 45/50


When was the Poolside IPA released?

The Poolside DDH IPA was released in 2020.

What kind of hops are used in this beer?

The hops used in this beer are Azacca, Chinook, Mosaic, and Motueka.

Is the Poolside DDH IPA gluten-free or vegan?

No, the Poolside IPA is neither gluten-free nor vegan, due to the presence of gluten and added lactose.

What is the caloric content of the Poolside DDH IPA?

The Poolside IPA contains 92 kcal per can or 27.2 kcal per 100 ml.

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