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Review by joe1510 on 02/21/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 7 16 3 7 2010
12oz Bottle

Vancer threw this in as an extra in our latest trade. A soapy ivory head grows to one finger on the pour and falls to a respectable crown, becoming creamy and leaving some patchy lacing. All this sits atop a setting sun orange of a body with sheets of carbonation bubbles rising to the head and keeping it supplied.

The aroma brings a welcomed array of hoppiness albeit a little faint. The hops bring the sensation of freshness when lemon greets the nose, there's a squeeze of orange in there as well. The backend brings a mild grassiness when I dig in deep. There are some malts fighting through that are pale and add sweetness to the citric hoppiness.

Flavor is exactly what the nose suggested. More hops were used for the aroma and in dry hopping than for bittering. The pale malt sweetness lingers throughout and, when combined with the lemon and orange rinds, adds a candied rind characteristic I find myself enjoying quite a bit.

The body is on the lighter side of moderate and could actually use a little more "oomph". Smooth on its way through with a dry finish and mild bitterness (IPA standards).

This is an incredibly easy drinking IPA and I think the drinkability is its biggest strength. The lighter body and candied rind hoppiness make it a beer that would be easily sessionable. As a matter of fact 5 Day is so drinkable I had to put myself in check so I had enough left to finish the review.

A solid, enjoyable, easy drinking IPA from O'Fallon. I wouldn't hesitate picking this up to enjoy a few in a more social situation.

Reviewed: 2/28/08

Served In: Pint Glass