Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Rock Art IPA (II)
Alcohol Content: 8%
Price: $3.50/ 22oz bomber @ the Brewery
Medium: Poured into an English tulip pint glass
Aroma: Floral, perhaps grassy with a complimenting fruitiness - not sure if this is from the hops or the yeast. Hops also present a slightly spicy character but not overly strong. The supporting malt backbone is of light toffee and biscuits or bready notes. A little sweeter than I would expect for an Imperial. Acidic/ tartness present and no strong alcohol aromas for an 8%.
Appearance: Slightly hazy with a deal of larger "snowflake" particles present. Presented for a deep golden amber with a persistent off-white/ tan head.
Flavor: Initially sweet with some light butterscotch and toffee flavors (subtle). This is overrun by the presence of off-flavors hitting about mid-pallet. This includes, but is not limited to, phenolic, sour/acidic, grassy, and stale flavors. Bitterness is sharp and unpleasant. Finish was rather stale and the aftertaste was slick with some lingering dryness.
Mouthfeel: Moderate body with some alcohol warmth. Lacked a decent hop character; Instead, it was rather harsh/ unpleasant combined with a waxy coat. Somewhat tart/ acidic. Moderately low carbonation.
Overall Impression: This was just one of those experiences that was problematic for a combination of reasons. I sampled it at the brewery and had a way different experience than the bottle I took home, so I'll be on the lookout to try it again and overwrite my notes. Not at all what I would expect from an Imperial.