In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


AleSmith Brewing Company Double IPA

Aroma: “Distinct and unique blueberry hops flavors up front, with some nice mango and lemongrass. Light dank, onion hops aroma with a touch a malt sweetness. Capers? Gin? Definitely in the pine family, but more of a cousin.”

Flavor: “Nice hops fruitiness with an even blend of blueberry, mango, and grapefruit rind. The hops bitterness and the light sweetness accentuate a piney hops character (a bit of Christmas tree) that helps balance and dry out the beer. A nice touch of boozy warmth also helps to fill out this beer. Bitterness lingers just a little too long, into the point of unwelcome aftertaste.”

Overall: “A complex hops profile that just barely rises above the intense hops bitterness. It could use some malt to balance it out.”