Monday, February 6, 2012
Alcohol Content: ?
Hops: Columbus, Amarillo, Simcoe, Galaxy
Price: $4.25 for a pint
Medium: On draught served in a regular pint glass
Aroma: Some grapefruit-like citrus qualities with unclear supporting malts - very bland/ pale malt sweetness not leading to any specific direction. Grassy and piney notes present a strong hop aroma no doubt. Fermentation seems clean.
Appearance: Poured for a thick, fluffy white head. Only the slightest bit of haze, representing a great fermentation - the beer is unfiltered and sits in a bright tank before kegging. Golden with some amber. Great head retention.
Flavor: Pale sweet malts appear first but are quickly overrun by the bittering hops. Hop flavor is primarily of grapefruit citrus and finishes a slightly fruity tart/ sourness. Mid-palate has a bit of wet vegetal matter. Somewhat spicy/ peppery notes throughout, although citrus still dominates. Minimal drying in the aftertaste is paired with some residual sweetness (sweetness is mostly identified with the mouthfeel and no particular direction or distinct flavors). Balance is slightly favored towards the hops (in flavor but not bitterness).
Mouthfeel: Moderate body and carbonation. Slightly warm finish, perhaps from the lingering hops. No distinct off-flavors present. Everything about this one feels very clean. No strong alcohol flavors but I'm sure it still packs a punch.
Overall Impression: This is a great example of an IPA that finds a happy medium between competing styles - Its definitely more approachable than most IPA's but also offers a great hop character for the hop heads. I would love to see this available in 6-packs but for now its springing up on tap around town. Get your hands on it as soon as you can!