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!
"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