Review from 12/02/06
A - Pours a slightly hazed (maybe due to the chill) ambery orange color. Head started at about an inch and is now a thin beige film on the top. Decent lacing.
S - Bready and yeasty with a little bit of fruity hops
T - Bready start with a lot of pale malt. Works into a slightly hoppy fruityness. Finishes with a slightly bitter wash. Seems more like a Pale Ale.
M - Medium bodied with fine carbonation.
D - Decent beer, just seemed a little low on the hop profile for an IPA.
Semi dulled peachy browned honey color. Very dense and large capping of thickly frothy and clothy foam sits on top which keeps a finger high intensity the whole glass through. Very impressive. Sticky shelves of lacing have the appeal of scattered/tattered sheets. An awesome eye of an ale!
Softly pine sided aroma; clean, round, and woody. Notes of wet wood, green fresh hops, and some dullish old lemon and grapefruit.
Taste is nice balanced and favorable towards a more malty side then big on the hops. The malt backing is dead on yummy and complex as hell with a nice tone intertwining a nice mix of crystal, pale, biscuit, and caramel malts. Soft on the tongue up front, fluffy back end of hop texture adding nice bittering pinches of grapefruit and orange. The hoppyness is leafy and fresh with a very clean nature and easy going bite that screams drink me!
Solid medium body, nice texture and tone and change about its character. Kinda quite and subtle, soft and supple, with a nice flavor profile that sticks with you. The malts in the back are quite amazing to me.
Well done IPA here! It's no hop bomb monster. It's subtle play and soft alluring complexity is damn solid and very nice to behold.
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