Pours clear with a vigorous pour bringing on a half glass of thick, white, frothy foam. Retention is above average and begins leaving sticky, thin lace right away.
Aroma is a complex mix of citrus hops: orange, tangerine, pine apple, and even mild grapefruit. Pine tweaks the nose while a sweetness permeates from the hops. Slight bread/grain comes from malt.
Taste is slightly sweet up front giving way in the middle to bread flavors mixed with the beginnings of the hop charge. Citrus hops are lead by by grapefruit and trailing pine. Surprisingly light bitterness in the finish. The more you drink the more the grapefruit bitterness builds.
Medium body with a medium carbonation that is clean. Leaves the mouth somewhat dry in spite of the juiciness of the hops.
Much more than I expected from this beer, especially since I had almost none. The hops is so nicely complex with a perfect blend to please the senses. Definitely one to find again. Enjoy!
A base of pale, Munich, and Carapils malts is just enough to contain the massive hop flavor and aroma packed into this highly drinkable IPA. A blend of four American hop varieties is added four times in the kettle and twice in the fermentor for a complex and layered hop experience.
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers