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Review by everetends on 12/20/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2009
Picked this up at Smokin Joes outside J'ville, AL. I think I paid $9 for a sixer. This is the last bottle of the sixer because the other 5 were just so easily drinkable. Served up in my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A: Off the pour, I am getting a light amber in color. Has a bit too much in the yellow and orange hues department to be amber I suppose. Held to the light it absolutely has a more orange appearance. Pretty clear body, maybe just a bit of haze, may be a stretch to call it haze. The pout got me about 3 fingers of white head, was a bit vigorous I suppose. The head creates a good amount of lace all over the glass, keeping a thick webbing all the way down. Nicely done for sure.

S: Forgive me, I have a bit of a sinus infection so my description the smell and taste may be a bit off. As far as the smell, I am getting a good amount of piney hop aroma. The resin is pretty potent. Behind that I am getting some grapefruit hints as well. Malts are light but present, biscuity. It is pretty fragant, and the aromas go very well together, meshing.

T: Yet again, we start off with the hops. A hearty helping of pine resin is pretty present. Dig it very much. Grapefruit is has a nice mix and balance to the hop profile. Malts mingle with these hops but I wouldn't say they balance, absolutely stays on the hoppy area. There is just enough of a Christmas baking spice presence to let me know its there, but its not enough to let me know what it is or overpower anything going on here. This is an IPA flavor with a touch of Christmas cheer.

M: Light side of medium in body. Carbonation isa touch high, maybe a bit too bubbly for my total liking but it doesn't kill the experience. Light alcohol heat on the throat. Resin does sit on the palate a bit. Aftertaste is pine and grapefruit.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. This is the first time I have had the chance to have it here in Alabama, and I am more than please. So easily drinkable. Not the most complex beer but the flavors are very well crafted in my opinion. I would be more than happy to see this beer as a year around because it is so easy drinking and pleasing. Dig on it.


Served In: Pint Glass