A: Dark amber, and really clear. Kind of honey whiskey color. Soft and tan foam head of medium retention.
S: Lower level, but multi-tiered aromas of fruit, citrus, pine, and malt.
T: First impression is floral fruitiness with being sweet. Then there's a hop appearance, but not bite. Is there such a thing as "baker's" caramel that has the buttery flavor without the sweetness. Very faint taste of the alcohol in the background. Medium mouthfeel but not syrupy to any degree and light carbonation.
D: Very original intepretation of the IPA style. There's complexity but in very subtle ways. The mix of fruit and toffee without sweetness results in a unique freshness about the brew. This is one sophisticated IPA. You must try this beer.
Pours slightly cloudy with a three-quarter inch of off-white foam. Retention is about average with
Aroma is sweet from caramel, maybe even toffee. Huge amounts of fruity and floral hops bounce out of the glass with a citrus profile that takes the back seat.
Taste is caramel and toffee sweetness with a floral and berry, fruity hop profile that isn't the norm in a lot of IPAs I have reviewed lately.
Really thick for what I expected: full. Mild carbonation with a sense of booziness that makes it hard to throw back easily.
Not as drinkable as some IPAs since the alcohol is worn right on the sleeve. Here is the thing: it sort of its own niche in the style. I appreciate beers that go out on a limb and try to be different: leaders rather than followers. I think this beer has had some injustice on the net. I will have more please. Enjoy!
"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