Style: Imperial IPA
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Empress Evelyn
What the brewers say
“Originally brewed as a part of our Brewer & Artist Series, Evelyn returns as Empress Evelyn in this imperial interpretation by Hardywood Lead Brewer Kevin Storm, with new label artwork by Mike Baker. Long live the Empress Evelyn!”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Soft malt sweetness in front of a light cantaloupe, peach, and kiwi hops flavor. Light pineapple and lemongrass. As it warms, a touch of bread with lemon and peach.”
Flavor: “A mish mash of fruity hops flavors that are heightened by the malt sweetness; white grape, peach, strawberry, lemongrass, lemon, and grapefruit. Carbonation is very low and overall body is pretty mild, leaving a lot of gaps between the hops flavor and the hops bitterness.”
Overall: “Once warmed, the beer came alive with peaches and lemongrass a medium spiciness that intertwined a medium alcohol warming and moderate bitterness. Alcohol is a touch hot and could be a bit much if paired with bland or under-flavored foods.”
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