Hop Master’s Abbey Belgian-Style Double IPA

22 oz bottle courtesy of DogBrick – thanks Micah.
Surprisingly golden/orange pour with good clarity – like a little like a Tripel in terms of color. Head is minimal and limited to sticky film on the surface of the beer and some creamy bubbles at the edges.
Nose gives quite a lot of sweetness and a hint of medicinal hop character but not much.
Tastes have some chest warming alcohol and more sweet candy notes but a lack of any great hop presence. To me this drinks more like a Tripel than anything else with some light, white pepper and some lemony spice. Hops are there, but are very reserved, perhaps manifesting themselves most strongly in the aftertaste and finish. Dry in the final flourish.
Quite a thick, syrupy mouthfeel too which once again takes me to Tripel thoughts rather than Belgian IPA.
Drinkable and tasty, but a beer that is sweeter than many other Belgian IPA renditions I have tried. Much more like a hopped-up Tripel to me.

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03/10/2010
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.5 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.55
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