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Review by smellysell on 09/21/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 17 3 8 2008
Appearance
Pours a hazy, light amber into my snifter. The head is big, soapy, and stark white. The retention is nothing to write home about, but despite this, the lacing is very heavy. I’m looking forward to delving into this one.

Smell
There’s no mistaking this one. Hops, hops, and then some more hops! There is a little of everything hoppy in this aroma. Resiny hops, piney hops, citrus hops, and floral hops. Did I mention that it smells hoppy?

Taste
Surprisingly, the flavors are actually really balanced. Along with the pine and grapefruit from the hops, there is also a nice touch of malty sweetness. It’s a bit straightforward, but enjoyable. There’s no mistaking that this is a hop dominated beer, but it doesn’t have the over the top bite that a lot of DIPAs have.

Feel
The body of this one falls somewhere in the middle. Carbonation is very light, almost non-existent. It’s probably the smoothest DIPA I’ve had, I could drink many of these in a sitting with no problems. It’s very drinkable, especially for 8 %.

Overall
As I said before, while it's a good beer, and is surprisingly drinkable, it isn’t great. The lack of complexity is the biggest disappointment. Perhaps it is just a victim of my expectations being too high?

Served In: Snifter