Pours with an inch of white foam. Haze makes it impossible to see through but not opaque. Retention is below average for an IPA. Lacing is sporadic.
Aroma is pure Amarillo: floral and orange. Light caramel and bready/nutty malt backbone. Once the beer warms, the hop aroma lessens with the malt backbone becoming stronger.
This more of a malty DIPA than hop forward. Still enough hops to hold up some, just fleeting the longer the beer sits. Caramel, bread mix with orange and resin. Not much floral in the taste. Light bitterness.
Light end of medium body, maybe more with the hit of alcohol that is present. Medium carbonation. Dries the palate.
I home brewed an Amarillo forward IPA and I was not happy with it. The same may be said for this beer. More malt than hop. Still good, just not wow. Enjoy!
This IIPA, the latest addition in our hop-highlighting NvU Epic Battle series, has a bright, fresh hop aroma, and a subtle bitterness, that has us all talking about how crushable this is. (DISCLAIMER: Please do not actually crush beer while still in bottle and cap is still on. It will hurt…not that we know) Drink early, drink often.
"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, 'It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than selfish and worry about my liver.'" - Jack Handy