A: Deep gold with slight orange tint. A little hazy, but no floaters. Decent foam of medium retention, off white color with tiny bubbles.
S: Mango madness, followed by an orangey tang, and faint biscuity scent.
T: Mango and citrus, slightly malt sweet, hardly any hop bite. Not sticky mouthfeel but not thin by any means.
D: Hadn't tried Sweetwater before, and admidst a flurry of bigger name DIPA (Hopslam, Nugget Nectar, etc) I wasn't expecting much. Totally wrong, this brew was perfectly balanced and had luxurious tropical fruits flavors. Neither the big hops nor alcohol were incorrectly proportioned. All around solid DIPA, will definatelty seek out.
Light head, slight haze, orange color. Steady light carbonation. Pleasant mangoy aroma. Told this is Citra- never had that hop before. Strong hop profile. Interesting & pleasant. Slightly strong bitterness upfront, ends quickly with only a slight hop linger. Light to medium mouthfeel. Good beer, I would have it again. Strong "like."
Poured a bit cloudy, probably a chill haze. Great foam that is big, thick, and light tan in color. Retention is way above average while the lacing is spotty and slippery.
Aroma is full of citra hop. Could smell it all day. Mango and bit of earth to go with it, which I believe is just the overall mango scent. Sweet along side a very slight hit of booze but only occasionally.
Taste is on the sweet side. The mango hops come in the middle and finish very clean with a touch of orange. Bitterness is there but shallow. Finish sweet and clean.
Light body with a solid hit of carbonation for the beer.
Very easy to drink as it goes down smoother than it should for the ABV. Maybe a bit sweeter than I would like but the citra hop is an All-star, especially how they used it in this beer. Enjoy!
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