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Review by bakes on 02/15/12  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 9 17 5 8 2012
Pours a slightly cloudy amber gold with a faint white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma has some nice light toffee/caramel sweetness and hints of breadiness, with an underlying mellow citrus hoppiness. Interesting for a DIPA - not really a hop attack on the nose.

Then I take a sip.

The hops have arrived! The initial sip of this is great; an amalgam of sharp piney bitter hops, a wonderfully sweet, apricots in caramel malt-hop flavor profile, and aromatics of citrus rind. The bitterness, with some coarse hop leaf showing up quickly, rolls on down the back of the tongue with a toastiness joining in the rest of the flavors to really tie the room together. Faint warming alcohol in the end, with a lingering leafy bitterness that says "drink more!" Nigh on perfect mouthfeel - chewy but not cloying.

Very very well done DIPA and worth seeking out. Like a book with a plain cover, the aroma does not portend what the flavor holds, which is pretty cool. Thanks to Gilly for the brew!!!

Served In: Pint Glass