Mongo

22 oz bottle. $7.99 from Ansley Wine Merchants, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Heard a lot of buzz about this beer in the last couple of weeks as LA/Port has recently made it to GA. For some reason (not sure why) I was under the impression that this was going to be largely a draught offering, so I was a little surprised to find it in bottles.
Pour is an attractive hazy marmalade color with a large, three finger head but doesn’t quite give the magnificent and sticky lace that such a good head should bring, and one that is often associated with the style. In that respect slightly disappointing in terms of the look.
The nose is big, green, resiny and has a ‘whole-hop’ type feel – quite aggressive.
The tastes (unsurprisingly) follow suit, but rather than bringing with them a tangerine or grapefruit fruitiness, the beer drives home even more bitter green pine. It lacks a sweet element for me, and that’s no good in a DIPA for me.
All the elements are there for this to be a super west coast IPA, but the malt bill comes up WAY too short for me, and it’s almost as if I needs a couple of spoonfuls of sugar mixed in to the beer or even a splash of sweetened grapefruit juice.

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03/17/2011
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.5 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 3
Total: 3.28
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