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Review by SAP on 09/12/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 4 7 2009
Bottle 184 of 3317; Sampled August 2009
The beer is a bit excessively carbonated as it foams up as soon as I pop the cap. A careful pour still produces a three finger thick, pale, off-white colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a red, light amber hue that shows a lightly hazed red copper color when held up to the light. The beer smells of sweet citrus, sharp pine and a toasted grain note in the finish. While this is definitely hop dominated a pale malt character still plays a significant role here. Bright lychee, ample bergamot, clean tangelo, kumquat oil and some clean apricot aromas define the dominant hop fruit notes. If you really dig around there is a touch of warming alcohol noticeable in the nose.

Sweet tasting up front, but immediately balanced by a biting hop bitterness. The finish has a sharp herbal and green grassy hop notes as well as some hot alcohol notes. The carbonation is still a bit high, despite sitting in my glass for quite some time; some swirling gets rid of the excess carbonation. Despite the up front sweetness the overall effect of this beer is pretty dry, this is helped by the dryness of the finish. Notes of orange zest, lychee, and ruby red grapefruit concentrate. The body is fuller than one would want in a light, quaffable West Coast Double IPA, but is not on the heavy side for many Double IPAs out there. This has enough sweetness to accentuate the fruity hop notes but not so much as to make this cloying. The malt is fairly clean, though it can seem just a touch murky, or perhaps rustic is a bit more flattering, at times. The hop character in the finish also has a nice menthol, oral-nasal character to it.

Despite being out for quite some time, this is still fresh and hoppy tasting. Definitely hits the spot for those in needs of a hop fix. This is a nice beer, for some reason though it isn’t entirely doing it for me right now. I think I might just not be quite in the mood for this beer right now, but this is till pretty enjoyable.

Price: $20.00 Served In: Tulip

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