Pours slightly hazy with a half-glass, off-white, tight foam. Retention is really good with the foam frothing up as it goes. Lacing is quick to surface with a sporadic, light, sticky bead
Aroma is complex. I can't believe I said that for an IPA. Pine hops arise first. The second waft hit me with a white oak stick it was so up front. Vanilla, spice, and even more woody pulp. Truly a medley for the nose.
Taste is a bit sweet at first but quickly gives way to a wood, vanilla, and spice wonder land. The finish starts slowly but a heap of pine, citrus hops bursts on the scene with a bit of bitterness but fades to a bit of white oak.
Surprising light on the mouth, almost too much. Enough late carbonation to say there is just a bit more than light. Drying.
As the base beer, well balanced but with the added twist of this nice oak layer and everything that it brings with it. Not baggage, just goodness. This is much more than I expected and brings thoughts of a my Dad wood working in the shop. Really good stuff. Enjoy!