Poured clear into my pint glass. The foam is off-white, about a third of the glass, and thick. Retention is really nice while leaving some very sticky, splotchy lacing throughout.
Aroma is equal parts citrus hops with a bread malt backbone. Slight hints of floral develop. The malt profile is reminiscent of fat tire.
Taste is a little sweeter than I expected based on the nose. A nice floral, citrus hop profile starts almost immediately and lasts through to the finish. A pleasant and not over powering bitterness lasts for a while.
Medium body might be a little generous, but, then again, might easily placed here. Nice carbonation with a sticky mouth.
Being pleasantly surprised by a beer is never a bad thing. Barfly goes above and beyond my expectations by a long shot. Has almost a presence of being much bigger than it is. Enjoy!
A: Great hue of orange-amber, slightly cloudy. Big foamy head, not super sticky, but did stick around.
S: Not as attractive as the taste. A little bready, citrusy.
T: Great zap of citrus and floral. The taste is orange / grapefruit, then muffled malt sweetness, and a subtle hop bite at the end. A medium mouthfeel and carbonation is great.
D: Wasn't expecting much and found I really liked it. Big personality for a "regular" IPA, I've had Imperials that were not as assertive. West Coast hops meets Midwest fruits and in very balanced brew. I'll seek out this brewers other works.
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