Style: Imperial New England-Style IPA
Brew Gentlemen Kabuto
What the brewers say
“Tropical fruit, apple orchard, herbal, papaya.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Big mango, orange, and cream. A curious blend of earthy, grassy, and fruity hops. The earthiness has odd hints of red peppers and nondescript spiciness. Medium malt toast.”
Flavor: “Tastes like a delicious casserole. Lots of curious flavors—roasted sweet red peppers, dank notes, and a hard-to-place umami richness. A bit boozy, but the crazy flavors hold up to it. The fine carbonation and slight sweetness remind you of the strength. A slight dank character as it warms, and it finishes with a light sweetness while the alcohol lingers.”
Overall: “Dangerously drinkable for all its strength. The tropical fruit flavors keep this beer fresh and appealing. It’s a bit of a departure from other examples within the style, with some really curious flavors that challenge, but reward at the same time.”
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