Style: Session IPA
ABV: 4.5 IBU: 47
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What the brewers say
“Brewed and dry hopped with a globe-trotting selection of newer hops varieties from Germany, New Zealand, and North America. This beer delivers massive hops aromas, surprising dimension, and a signature malt balance.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Citrus and pine is subdued. Candied lemon peel, evergreen, herbal. Very mild nose. Fresh grapefruit yumminess from the hops. Some clean light malt in background.”
Flavor: “Nice citrus flavor with some pine, mild bitterness, and strong carbonation. Lemongrass, wet earth, pineapple, and honey over a light but silky malt body. Clean and crisp—hops dominate the flavor profile.”
Overall: “Nicely balanced flavor and aroma. This beer gets much better as it warms. The honey-like malt character supports an interesting array of hops notes that are unique and deliver something apart from your typical session IPA. This is a fairly light, refreshing beer. Some astringency in the aftertaste, but still refreshing and balanced. Where most of the others are trying to emphasize the ‘IPA,’ this one is going for ‘session’ and succeeding.”
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