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Review by SAP on 05/24/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 4 7 2009
A solid, but not aggressive pour produces a six finger thick, light amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is quite hazy, and in fact had a ton of wispy sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The beer is red amber color that shows an lightly hazed, but not opaque, copper amber color. The aroma is quite hoppy but has a bit of a green, vegetal edge to it. Otherwise though it is dominated by fruity hop notes of lychee, sweet grapefruit and intense tangerine as well as an herbal, sort of hemp oil like note that is fairly light, or at least the up front fruitiness makes it harder to notice. Definitely intensely hoppy like a good Double IPA should be, but somehow it seems a little dirty in its hop character, though this is not necessarily a bad thing in a hoppy beer.

I breathe in as I take my first sip and I get an intense, dank, herbal, hemp-oil note that lingers on the tongue and gets fairly intense in the lingering finish. The finish also has a biting bitterness (though the bitterness in this beer is actually on the low side for a insanely hopped beer) and a gritty astringent hop leaf note. This has a nice hop fruitiness as well, though it ultimately is drowned out by the aggressive finish, with notes of tangerine, tropical fruit lychee and kumquat peel. Other hop notes of menthol and pine join the hemp-oil note. The body is light enough that this hits the quaffability that I like to see in the style, though the hops are a bit harsh to be truly quaffable.

While on the smooth side, this definitely is quite a dank, dirty Double IPA. This doesn’t have nearly the intense hop balance of Pliny the Elder, but it is still a solid, incredibly inexpensive, hop fix for the hop head.

Served In: Tulip

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