IPA

12 oz single, taken from notes, many thanks to Kevin for the opportunity to try this one. There IS a freshness “strip” on the side of the label, but as is sometimes the case, the notches are missing – frustrating.
A hazy orange pour, a sticky white head but a few yeast particles/floaties that I could do without. When the particles settle at the bottom of the glass we see some medium carbonation. The head is nicely retained and the stickiness is always a good sign for a beer like this.
Nose has plenty of light hops – nothing amazing, but nevertheless “present”. A *slight* green hop cone note in the nose as well.
Tastes are those of a well tempered, American IPA. By that I mean there is plenty of hop bitterness, but the malt backbone hols it together well. A somewhat paradoxically fruity taste up front, followed by a dry finish. Interesting combination.
The finish is quite short, has a little metal and reiterates the dry character. Alcohol doesn’t seem like it is almost 7%.
Pretty good example of the style, and a beer that I enjoyed more than I though that I might. Taken as a package, this is a beer that one could easily have on hand on a regular basis as a solid staple. Nothing earth shattering, but pretty solid.

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01/16/2011
Format:
bottle
ABV: 6.9 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 4
Total: 3.6
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