Nelson

22 oz bottle courtesy of BitterBill. Thanks Bill!
Pour produces a beautiful color. A really rich orange and an excellent head with some sticky lace. Very nice to look at.
The nose and the tastes are one and the same and exhibit and extraordinary deep, clean and sharp hop note. The hop is, without question, a unique one and the cleanliness of it is what stands out for me. Overall the beer does exhibit a large, West Coat hop feel, but at the same time it seems incredibly light. Plenty of sweet malt adds to the mix and the beer seems really well balanced. I’m not a fan of rye at all, but to be honest it doesn’t seem have much bearing on the beer.
Alcohol seems lower than 7.1% and the beer drinks very easily. I get plenty of citrus but it’s much more tangerine than grapefruit. This adds to the drinkability.
I was a little wary of the potential for hype with this top 100 beer (#74 as I type), but to be honest in the end it pretty much delivered. Nice beer, and great use of the hops. Tasty and moreish.

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06/26/2010
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bottle
ABV: 7.1 %
Appearance: 4.5
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4.5
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.4
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