Pours with a chill haze and a bit more than a finger of frothy foam. Above average retention. Solid lacing throughout.
Aroma is more malt forward than hop. Deep, rich caramel, almost toffee but too sweet while including hints of dark fruits. Roasted, almost burnt comes to mind. Hop are resinous, some citrus.
Taste starts off subtle before a huge hit of malt in the middle that lasts to the end, lingering in the finish. Hops attempt to balance but sweet, light bitterness in the finish accompanies the malt.
Medium body. Carbonation is a step up. Tries to dry the mouth but the sweet malt won't let it.
Double IPAs are best served as hop bombs. This is a sweet and malty. Too much malt. Too forward. I would have it again in a pinch but there are so many others out there that do a much better job. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Saturday, July 04, 2015 at 19:45:22
Tasted: Saturday, July 04, 2015
$6.99 for 22 oz. bottle
One fine body…
All of the wonderful hop-driven flavors of Nectar IPA turned up to create a classic DIPA. Big herbal resinous hop flavor with balancing stone fruit notes, round malt middle and assertive hop bitterness in the finish.
This double IPA does everything twice. Double the hops, double the ABV = one heck of a brew. Named for the California coastal redwoods, one of the oldest and tallest living species in America, we think this big brew does these imperial giants justice.