Steelhead Double India Pale Ale

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Pour is a rich, clouded, honey orange hue with an inordinate number of yest floaties. The combination of the color, floaties and general muddy appearance does nothing for the beer and frankly makes it appear somewhat “soup-like”. This is not a good sign in my book. Head is strong though, and leaves lots of sticky lace.
Nose and tastes both give similarly muddled impressions. Hop bitterness and edge is lacking, and it is replaced by a large, unwieldy malt presence that manifests itself as unattenuated sugar. Strange. the beer lacks a clean edge in many respects, and it comes across as a “kitchen sink” beer. This type of concoction is a manifestation of all that’s bad about contemporary, American brewing. The idea that somehow more of everything makes a beer, “better”.
It’s a soupy, unpleasant mess with hardly any redeeming features. A lot of stuff, poorly managed and thrown together. Alcohol is burning and aggressive to boot. the sugar and alcohol make it slick in the mouth.
Frankly, I think it is a poorly brewed beer.

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01/09/2011
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.6 %
Appearance: 1.5
Taste: 2
Mouthfeel: 2
Smell: 2.5
Overall: 1.5
Total: 1.98
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