22 oz bomber, thanks to Solomon420 for the trade.
I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this for a long time for two reasons; firstly because Bear Republic has built a wonderful reputation with me, and secondly because I have continued to hear great things about this particular brew. It was worth the wait and BR and this beer did not let me down.
Popping the cap causes an instant strong hop aroma to waft across the kitchen. The pour is a cloudy, tan/orange combo with a good initial head and some lace. Not a huge carbonation factor at all, but still looks solid in the glass.
Plenty of sweetish hops in the nose. The smell is is not as aggressive as one might think it would be. Again some very subtle flavors. Yes there’s plenty of hops, but the malts are strong and hold their own in a sweet (literally) combo. Mildly metallic, mild tangerines and slight grapefruit combine nicely in the mouth with the more astringent and acidic grapefruit rounding out the IPA experience. Definitely some citrus peel in that mix too.
Drinks under the 7.00% ABV, this is one of the West Coast beers that stays away from enormous, resinous hops and still pulls off a great IPA hop bomb without going over the top. A more difficult feat to achieve than simply piling in loads and loads of hops until the roof of your mouth is raw.
Excellently crafted, a super beer.