Style: Session IPA
ABV: 4.7 IBU: 35
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Baby Daddy Session IPA
What the brewers say
“Sunny straw in color and loaded with hops. The aroma and flavor yield citrus and tropical notes: grapefruit, melon, lime, passion fruit, and a touch of spice. It has a full balanced body, with a crisp nish and low bitterness.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Fruity and spicy. Citrus notes followed by catnip. Fresh-mown lawn along with pineapple, banana, and a light earthy/woody base. Could benefit from a stronger nose.”
Flavor: “Smooth malt, slightly sweet. Full body for a session-strength beer. Coconut, pineapple, black tea, and hints of toast. Bitterness is supportive but not overpowering. Finish is balanced between hops flavor, bitterness, and a light malt. Moderate fruity esters.”
Overall: “Firm bitterness lingers just long enough. Nice mix of fruity hops and esters with a medium-sweet malt base. Just a bit of butter in the finish detracts from drinkability. An okay session IPA with acceptable hops character, but a touch watery and one-dimensional relative to others in the category. Seems more like a normal pale ale than a session IPA, but that’s just an arbitrary distinction.”
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