Pours clear as a whistle. An inch of light tan foam pleasantly covers, blanketing the liquid below. Retention is great: big bubbled and lightly frothing. Lacing is immediate, thick and sticky.
Aroma is hop forward with caramel malts balancing. Pine with a scoach of grapefruit. Hints of herbal/earthy tones show up.
Taste is more complex and malt forward than the nose. Toffee in the finish with a nuttiness that is pleasant in the style. Pine and grapefruit are now more equal, with grapefruit leading the bitterness charge - typically it does.
Light end of medium body. Ample carbonation - maybe more than I have come to appreciate lately. Bitterness builds throughout.
Not as aromatic as I once remembered. Carbonation and bitterness are both higher than I would like. Solid beer overall. I would still have this beer but the price point and enjoyment aren't matching up as well as they once did. Nine years since my original review. A lot has change in American craft beer in that time. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Friday, April 13, 2018 at 18:09:00
Tasted: Friday, April 13, 2018
$3.00 for 16 oz. can
A: 10.0 |
T: 10.0 |
L: 10.0 |
M: 9.0 |
Color: Deep Amber
My friend, Ed, has told me a lot about this beer and how popular and good it is. On a recent trip to Ed's he said that he had one to share and that I should like it. 99 IBUs is a lot so I expected to be overwhelmed by the hops.
The beer poured with a full hand high of fluffy white foam with a fair amount of retention and great lacing. Really a pretty looking beer in an English pint glass.
The aroma is a freight train of pine. There is a faint hint of sweet malt in there also. As the beer warmed the pine notes on the noise changed to a grapefruit.
Depending on if you prefer a pint or grapefruit IPA might lend you to allow this beer to warm (grapefruit) or drink straight out the fridge or shorter warming period (pine).
The flavor is full of the pine notes from the hops, as expected. The beer finishes with some hop bitterness but quickly, even for the level of hops, disappears and leaves you with a clean taste in your mouth. I have never had an IPA that so quickly shuts down the bitterness in the end. This leads you to another sip, then a gulp, then a chug because you can't believe what you are tasting.
Similar to the aroma, the taste of this beer also undergoes a metamorphosis as it warms from pine to grapefruit.
To date, this is the best IPA I have ever had. For even the casual hop fan, this is a must because when you have an IPA that tastes this damn good, you will understand what a truly great beer within a style can taste like. Enjoy!