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Review by everetends on 02/25/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 17 5 8 2011
22 oz bottle I finally tracked down at Hop City in Atlanta. Served up in a tulip.

A: Very nice looking. Pours up a golden yellow body with a light amber hue to it. Held to the light, it comes out as a vibrant golden yellow. The body is mostly clear with just a slight haze to it. Bubbles are clinging to the glass and moving around in there. The pour got me almost two fingers of pristine white head. Sadly it falls pretty quickly, but it falls to a pretty much complete top cap. Streaks of lace stick all over the glass.

S: Aroma starts off with a lot of grapefruit presence. This moves to some earthy hop presence as well. Getting a really nice grass and wet hay presence. Touch of peppery spice and what may be coriander. Just a bit of sweetness is coming out from the pale malts. Things round off with some pine.

T: Pretty much mirrors the nose. Grapefruit really starts things off with some citrus sweetness and bitterness. As it warms, the earthy notes come out some more with some grass, floral notes, and pine. Peppery spice makes an appearance. Bready malt presence that has just a touch of sweetness to it. Things round off just a tease of barnyard funkiness. The only draw back to this flavor comes from the intensity of the grapefruit. From time to time, the grapefruit comes across as the rind and skin. This becomes so bitter at times that is almost medicinal. This only happens occasionally, so not that big of a deal.

M: Medium bodied beer with a medium to high carbonation. This beer is mostly crisp and dry, but it does come across sticky sweet from time to time. Alcohol is warming but it is nicely hidden. Aftertaste is all grapefruit.

OA: I have been waiting on this beer for quite a while and it did not disappoint. I did not read any reviews or info on it because I wanted to be completely open minded and making my own observations. This is basically an IPA with a twist, but that twist is enough to keep the flavors interesting and new. Very good and I can't wait to get my hands on some more (especially at the always awesome Lagunitas price point). Two thumbs up.

Served In: Tulip