Here I hold yet another Kuhnhenn brew from Mr. Derek, thank you sir! Wow, this beer grows a head in a hurry, three fingers in the blink of an eye. The head dies down after a couple minutes to a more manageable height that stays put. All this lays over the top of a hazy orange body that has the ability to glow when backlit. The dirty white head manages to leave some crazy looking microbubbled drink lines that are quite thick. This is how an IIPA should look.
This beer is approximately 3 months old right now and the hops are still potent enough to smell from an arms length away. Citrus abounds with orange, grapefruit, and tangerine all over the place. Big pine sap resiny qualities back up that citrus with a force to be reckoned with all drizzled in big sticky caramel. As big as the hops are the caramel keeps close tabs and the alcohol is noticeable enough to tickle my nose hairs but not obtrusive in the least.
The flavor is like a fruit salad full of bitter fruits. Pithy orange and grapefruit lead the way. Tangerine brings up the rear but not before all that big tongue sapping pine resin takes hold. The caramel tries to keep up and does a respectable job but this bruiser is an all around hop bomb. I'm pulling some pineapple sweetness out of there on the finish as well with a spicy alcohol quality that adds that little oomph.
The mouthfeel fits nearly perfect for the sheer size of this monster. The body is on the heavy side but the carbonation is active enough to keep it flowing before it becomes too sticky or gooey. There is some stickiness and it leaves behind a tastebud ripping bitterness. Extreme? Without a doubt, and delicious.
A bruiser like this should be a sipper but this one goes down far too quickly. The only reason the drinkability is merely good is because of the sheer tongue stomping factor that will burn you quicker than Rick James.
I'm shocked at the massive hopping in this IIPA. The alcohol is hidden incredibly well and the glass stays tipped far too long. I had to zip through this review for fear of my glass being empty before I finished. Thanks for another stellar brew Derek! This is one of the best IIPAs I've had in a long time.
Thanks Grub for this bottle. December 2008 on the label.
Pours a cloudy, almost murky golden color with a thick big foamy head atop. The foam slowly settles and leaves the walls of the glass coated in a thick layer of sticky lace.
Huge hop aroma. Big and juicy grapefruit is most prominent as it kicks you in the face. Lemon and orange notes are present too along with a touch of sticky pine needles. Malt is there and does a decent job of balancing things with a nice bit of sweetness. Touches of light creamy caramel and just a touch of toffee.
Bitter hops grab you by the tongue and don't let go. Sweet hop notes come next with grapefruit and lemon along with orange peel coming through nicely. Malt imparts a nice sweetness that balances the initial bitterness well. Caramel malt slides across the tongue nicely. Aftertaste brings a hint of an alcohol note along with a sticky pine bitterness. Damn tasty drinkin.
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