Hop 15

22 oz bottle from a recent trade. Apparently $5.99 from “Vendome”.
Very typical (but good) example of the style.
Over the years I’ve become increasingly tired of these beers (meaning this style) with their unrelenting hop bitterness and high alcohol content which has quite literally impeded their drinkability, BUT from time to time, I feel like going back to revisit them. It’s REALLY important for me to go back to a solid version, because otherwise I will get frustrated quickly. Luckily this was one such “good” example.
Bright orange body with an initial high, pitted head, but this fades quickly to leave no lace to speak of. A tiny bit of foam on the surface of the beer but again not much to report. Some chill haze. There is good clarity in the initial pour, but a huge amount of yeast in the bottom of the bottle that makes the final pour look like soup!
Aroma and tastes match; huge hops with cloying sweetness and grapefruit bitterness. No easy drinking here, but to expect it would be foolish.
Finish has a metallic twang and more sweetness.
As expected this is not an easy beer to drink, and any beer that dictates to the drinker that more than one is a bad idea has limited appeal in my book, but nonetheless a solid example.
I dunno, IF you a looking for a beer that fits the style this would be a good one, but it’s not an easy brew; then again, no one said it would be!

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10/12/2008
Format:
bottle
ABV: 10.0 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.85
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