Sweetwater Double IPA

Dank Tank #3 sampled at The Porter, Little Five, Atlanta, GA, USA yesterday afternoon.
Small, Wellington style glass pour, perhaps eight ounce.
Golden hazed body, on the lighter side of things in terms of the shade. Small head, but it produces plenty of sticky lace with some decent retention.
Great light floral, hoppy nose with a sweetness in the nostrils.
Exactly the same in the taste. Super hoppy burps, but a real light touch (for a change) from an American DIPA. NO huge “smack-you-round-the-face” west coast notes here, rather this is a floral based beer but still with an emphasis on some syrup based, lightly cloying sweetness. Sweetened grapefruit certainly but with honey-lemon undertones. It reminds me a little of some of the taste associated with my first Houblon Chouffe with that Tripel sweetness in there somewhere.
This is one of those beers that I bet is difficult to make. It flirts (successfully) with bigger things but still manages to achieve a degree of subtlety and class – not a combo that one finds too often in American beers period, and even less likely in a beer that is categorized as an American DIPA.
The finish is a sweet, gentle hop extravaganza, but again with careful, subtle undertones.
Very tasty and an unusually well-crafted beer especially in this category.

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05/07/2009
Format:
on-tap
ABV: ? %
Appearance: 4.5
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.35
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