BarrelHouse Boss Cox Double Dark IPA

22 oz bomber. Not quite sure what a “Double Dark” IPA is, but there you go – more nonsense marketing guf.
Pour is indeed very dark, even red for an IPA. Good clarity but it seems a touch over-carbonated leading to a little prickly nature in the body. Head is ivory and small, but there is a small amount of sticky lace that adheres to the glass.
NOT typical of the style in my book. To me this drinks MUCH more like a red ale, with that distinct dry character and malt bitterness that one might associate with the style. (Malt bitterness may seem like an odd term, but it makes sense to me!)
Surprisingly grassy, medicinal and sweet in the nose.
Finish is typically dry for an amber (if this were one), and aftertaste is sweet (more paradoxical stuff).
This beer has a distinct bitterness, but the lingering memory is of some serious sweet malts. I really don’t quite know what to make of it, but having said that it is pretty tasty and drinkable. If the BA db is accurate then the alcohol is very well hidden.
Odd beer, but at the end of the day it is drinkable. Weird stuff, style boundaries all over the shop.

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01/29/2009
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.6 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3
Overall: 4
Total: 3.75
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