Second time I’ve had this, last time was the 2020 version that I did NOT take notes on, but did take a picture of.
Very light, golden pour whose color has the look of a macro, adjunct lager! Thickish, ice-cream like head retention good, lacing good.
I was expecting this to drink in a similar manner to the Citra that I drank and made notes on yesterday, of course with different attributes of each hop coming through, but I was taken aback by the level of sweetness that I got immediately here. The sweetness hits first, then the onion and bitter elements come in the back door. The bitterness lingers, and has a much more noticeable drying effect compared to the Citra.
The light onion note is a feature here, and it’s reminiscent of Summit, and I don’t quite get the lime/lemon/citrus notes that are advertised for Cashmere. It does get a little more acidic as it warms, but it never becomes very citrusy. Good hoppy burps as before with Citra, which reflects a heathy carbonation. Again the ABV seems very well hidden and there’s no way that I would ever put this at 9.5%.
Much of what I said about the Citra version applies here. Why? Why bother? Why Belgian IPAs? Why not just Duvel? Having said all of that, I think I prefer the sweeter Cashmere over the Citra.