Style: American Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.0 IBU: 75
Melvin Brewing Drunken Master
What the brewers say
“Brewed with a blend of Columbus, Citra, and some top-secret hops left over from the great East vs. West hip-hop battles. Hopped with more than 3 pounds per barrel. Drunken Master is the 2016 National IlPA Champion.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “This tropical milkshake of a beer has a great juicy character: orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peach, slight vanillin, and a slight pine character that becomes evident as you work past the fruit. Somewhat subdued bready malt character has some nice honey character.”
Flavor: “Rich and chewy mouthfeel with medium lingering bitterness. Really bright juicy fruit on the front carries through on the back and turns to a nice pine character that lingers into the back of the palate. Malt profile is full-sized, but the bitterness backs it up. Alcohol is well integrated, inspiring!”
Overall: “Juicy balanced IIPA with a great tropical fruit character and a soft hoppy finish. The malt adds a caramel sweetness with some honey. It would be easy to drink too much of this!”
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