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Review by joe1510 on 11/18/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2009
64oz Growler

I'm getting the chance to try this thanks to a great trade with mully, thanks Matt! Masala Mama pours a slightly hazy copper with streams of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. That carbonation helps keep the incredibly dense sticky head going throughout the session. Two fingers worth of off white head was produced on the pour and quickly became meringue like and left great webbed lacing. This is the best lacing I've come across in quite some time!

Biscuity and caramel malts greet the nose right up but an earthy citric hoppiness quickly comes forward. Sweetened grapefruit and orange pith are the culprits. The hopping combined with the dry biscuitiness makes for an enjoyable nose for sure. Each swirl of the glass brings alive the aroma.

When colder there's a buzzsaw of bitter sprucey hoppiness right down the middle of the tongue, which is actually how I prefer things. As it warms the caramel and biscuity malts catch up to the hoppy bitterness and bring a bit more balance. The sprucey, resinous hoppiness does try and run roughshod but the malt just barely holds on. I wasn't expecting such a hop blast and I'm glad I got it. This is my style of IPA without a doubt!

The body is medium in viscosity and the carbonation gives a light texture on the tongue. The carbonation seems pretty lively in the mouth and awakens the tastebuds which seems to intensify the hoppy bitterness.

This IPA goes down without a problem. Big on flavor with a low enough abv to enjoy all night long. I can't remember coming across a beer in this abv range with such a bold bitterness.

Masala Mama is, without a doubt, a very well crafted beer. I actually prefer it colder than usual. This helps the bitter hoppiness come through boldly compared to when it warms and a caramel earthy maltiness makes more of a play.

Reviewed: 3/29/08

Served In: Pint Glass