Slightly smeared dark pale gold color with very slow perculating streams of carbonation within. Small, densely packed foam of off-whitish hue sits briefly before leaving many bubbles at the collar. Boney fingered, and stretched out strings of lace link to the glass well.
Aroma is a wall of dark wafting caramel over a ton of woody, spicy floral hops. Slight notes to orange and red grapefruit notch to the overall woodish drying pine and hop dust.
Taste is a bit more hoppy in tune to the aromas' obvious caramel malt backing. The taste supersedes much more dryness in both malt and even the hoppyness. However, it has a remarkably nice rounded tone that the caramel malt does to keep into a balancing tone. Kinda crisp upfront, caramel and slippery notes to whole grains and super rounded citric things. Its midrange is complexing as hell with all sorts of flavors melding into one interesting taster. Bright, bittering, brittle orange oil factions stand within a drying yet fully creamy caramel and biscuity backing of malt opening up to all sorts of spicy woodish/leafy notes behind it and then drying it off again with a slight astringent yeasty chalky fluff.
Body brings to mind of what some really great Belgians do with its ride of complexing dryness and maltyness. Its mostly a medium body loaded with a good caramel smoothness and then spackled with all sorts of fun dryish hoppy things without being super bittering nor overbearing to the taste buds.
A very decent and easy going, interesting drinker. Unlike most other Southern Tier brews that you almost know what to expect. This is one unique treat of an IPA. Krampus meets Unearthly...?
Served In: Pint Glass
Pours a clear medium golden copper with nice small white head that slowly settles and leaves a bit of lacing on the walls of the glass.
Smooth malty body has lots of nice caramel with a smooth sweetness to it. Great fruity hop aroma. Sweet grapefruit and a bit of orange. Fruity and nicely sweet. Mmm, sweet hoppy bliss.
Beautiful sweet fruity hops slide across the tongue. Sweet grapefruit, nice orange, and a touch of sweet lemon. Bit of strawberry. Malt comes in to backup the big fruity hops and provides a nice backbone. Smooth caramel and a touch of toffee at the end. Just enough to balance out the big hops. Tasty stuff for sure.
Served In: Pint Glass
Reviewing this beer at 52.8 degrees. :nerd:
A - Pours a nice clean light amber colored body. Streams of bubbles slowly move to the surface. Sitting on the surface is a half inch beige head that is thick and frother. Great retention and lacing.
S - Nice pine hop aroma here. Pale malts backing it up. Sort of fruit, but still a bit resiny with the pine.
T - Starts off with a nice sweet malt flavor. Sweet biscuits and light honey. Resiny piney hops come in and completely engulf your tongue. There is no getting away from it, this is a hop dominated beer and that's a good thing. Bitterness rides in for a minute, but isn't overbearing. Aftertaste is a bit of bitterness and some pine.
M - Medium bodied. Slightly sticky hops. Carbonation is a bit fizzy.
Overall - Very solid IPA here from a brewery that continually impresses me. Would make a very nice session.
Price: $1.50 Served In: Pint Glass
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