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Review by smellysell on 05/08/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 8 18 4 8 2009
Thanks to severstad for the growler!

Appearance
It is a clear, light copper color with a slightly off white head that is thick and dense. The head has good retention and provides thick lacing all the way down the walls of the glass. There is a steady stream of bubbles floating to the top, encouraging me that the growler survived it’s trip from Wisconsin.

Smell
There’s a strong aroma of piney and grassy hops, but not much else going on. What do you expect from a DIPA though I guess?

Taste
When it first hits my lips there is a nice caramel sweetness that is quickly followed by bitter and piney hops. While there is no doubting what this is, the bitterness isn’t overly done and is nicely balanced. It finishes very clean and there is absolutely no hint of the alcohol. Much like the aroma, it’s fairly straight forward and nothing mind blowing, but very solid.

Feel
It has a nice medium body and is surprisingly smooth. The carbonation is a bit too light for my tastes with this style, but traveling in a growler across a couple states can possible be at fault for this.

Overall
This is a very solid beer, but nothing that blew my mind. If I had it locally I would drink a lot of it I’m sure though. A note to those that try this though, don’t drink a whole growler after already having several pints unless you are a better drinker than me.

Served In: Weizen Glass