Double Nickel IPA
What the brewers say
"With over 2 lbs of hops per barrel, the nose and finish on this beer are dominated by notes of grapefruit, pine, and lemon. The late hop additions make it dangerously drinkable."
What our panel thought
Aroma: "Caramel malt, toasty. hints of raisin, dates. Nice alcohol warmth. Banana and cherry esters."
Flavor: "Malt, biscuit light toast quality in the beginning with a light grapefruit flavor in the middle of the sip. Light tartness mixed with a touch of bitterness at the end of the sip. Finishes with a mild biscuit flavor and light bitterness. A touch on the sweet side of the amount of bitterness and hop characteristics. A light mint herbal like quality."
Overall: "A fine blond ale but not enough hops for a pale ale or an IPA. Biscuit malt flavors that are a bit on the sweet side for even a blond. Needs a bit of a balance, need a ton more hops."