Thanks to mentor for this sample of the beer as let unreleased on to the general public.
Lovely light copper colored body with a very firm looking, dense white head with some very nice lacing.
Pleasant, mildly metallic hops in the nose.
Lots of really quite bitter, citrus grapefruit notes in the taste, against the back drop of a thinner than usual mouthfeel for an American IPA. If I had to characterize it, I would say that this beer has the feel of an English IPA, but with the over-hopped profile typical of it’s American version.
It really is quite bitter all the way through the finish, and although it doesn’t overpower the beer as a whole, there is a distinct lack of malt presence.
If you like a bitter IPA, with a large hop flavor, but one that is less rounded and full in the mouth than many similar large American IPA’s, then you’d enjoy this beer a great deal. Avery Maharaja is an example of a similar, big IPA that drinks “fuller” than this.