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Review by everetends on 06/15/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 0
Old Review
Taken from notes a couple days ago. 12 oz can I picked up at Cheers Beverage in the form of a $10.99 four pack. Seems a bit steep, but what the hell since I saw it earlier for $14 in Douglassville. Served up in my DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a really nice dark and rich orange color that is almost red in places. Held to the light that orange is really nice and radiant. The beer is somewhat hazy and has a touch of cloud to it. The head is a good finger and a half on the pour and it has some really nice staying power. Retention throughout the experience. The head is a white with a touch of apricot tint to it (sorry I seem to be liking the color apricot lately). The lace is thick and sticky, glazing the glass all the way down with pillowy and chunky lace. Nice.

S: Smell is somewhat hop forward but what else do you expect from a DIPA? Getting alot of pine and grapefruit coming out, but it isn't slapping you around with hop ego laden dominance. The malts are allowed to play here with a little bit of caramel and sugar sweetness. Sure it doesn't have a whole lot going on but it smells good.

T: This is really interesting. You get that intial wave of dry and bitter hops in your face. The hops have a bit of pine resin and grapefruit qualities to mix it up a bit. But that wave ends in a smooth pool of malty goodness. Some seriously creamy caramel malt comes in with a cooling of the hops and just an almost perfect sweetness to it. A bit of vanilla that is reminds me a touch of what you get from some oak is in there as well. There is a serious richness to this malt that can only be balanced by a serious base of a DIPA. I think this beer works incredibly well in the taste category.

M: WHAT? A medium to full bodied DIPA with a really nice creamy texture to it? I must know more! The carbonation really works with the creamy thickness here. ABV is almost without notice, and this seems like quite a feat at almost 9%. Not as dry as your usual DIPA, but I like the change that the malt backbone provides here. The beer has a slightly syrupy coating to the mouth and palate, leaving that sticky malt goodness for the aftertaste.

D: I would say so. I consumed this can in mere minutes trying to wrap my head around it. It doesn't sit heavy in the stomach, so that is not a problem. It doesn't have the typical over drying of a regular DIPA, so that doesn't pose a problem. Then again it doesn't have that overly cloying presence of a super malty brew. This beer rides a fine line and really pulls something beautiful off. A big presence in both hops and malt that you can't taste the large alcohol level in and its in a CAN! I almost didn't give it a 5 due to the price (since I like to factor in price to drinkability) but this works for a treat from time to time. This beer works for me, but then again I like malty IPAs and DIPAs. If you don't like malt in your DIPAs, you probably won't be as impressed.

Serving type: can

Reviewed on: 03-30-2009 21:39:25

Served In: Pilsner Glass