B52 Brewing


Hoppy Ale

ABV: 5.8%

IBUs: ?

Packaging: Draft, 32 oz CrowlerBeer-Chronicle-Houston-Beer-B52-raaaaaaaandy-hoppy-ale-can

Sam got it for me at the Looking Good Barry release. Reviews on those coming soon, so tay tuned. 🙂 B52’s been just hitting the ground running in this last year, kinda like RAAAAAAAANDY did in his first 2 months of comedy. Aziz Ansari plays a comedian named RAAAAAAAANDY (with 8 A’s) in a TV series from 2009 and 2010, and it’s almost as funny as this beer is good.

B52 RAAAAAAAANDY art looks like B52s new generic art since they took off with heir rebrand. It’s got a black background that turns into clouds at the top, as a B52 pokes through them. At the top, the clouds alternate between white and color, and the RAAAAAAAANDY cans feature red. The front has the name in big yellow text and the back has a graph displaying taste notes and some text about the beer.

But none of that matters now because the crowlers are gone. GOTCHA!

What does matter is how B52 RAAAAAAAANDY looks when you pour it! It pours like pineapple juice from a can. If you’ve ever tended bar or thrown a house party, or ya know… poured pineapple juice from a can. A little bit of airy white head disappears flies by and disappears quickly.

There’s something pineapply about RAAAAAAAANDY from the appearance to the nose.

Are you ready for this? B52 RAAAAAAAANDY starts off smooth and mild with… PINEAPPLE NOTES! The finish is so mildly bitter, I could see myself peddling this to my BMC drinking friends, especially the women that like fruity mixed drinks. It’s unlike any of the hazy beers I’ve had in town.

The mouthfeel isn’t as creamy as you might expect, but somehow that’s ok. I guess they get a pass because they billed it as a hoppy Ale? It feels a lot like Wheez the Juice in that sense.

It reminds me a bit of a thinner Houston Haze with all that pineapple goodness. I’m told that it wasn’t great on tap the first go-round, but they tweaked the recipe or the (upside down, sideways) cans did the trick somehow. Either way, I dig it.


RAAAAAAAANDY doesn’t dance or have a DJ, but it does move quickly! It’s all gone, but there should be more soon-ish. As in, one day, maybe. You might still be able to find it on tap at B52.

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Tony D

Tony's an artist that loves craft brew almost as much as he does Houston. He's worked in the oil industry and owns a few small businesses. Tony isn't picky when it comes to beer types, as long as it's refreshing and sessionable.

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