Style: New England-Style IPA
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What the brewers say
“A juicy East Coast–style American pale ale hopped with Columbus and Citra hops.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Bright white grapefruit zest including the pith, mango, and pineapple. Big juicy hops aromas of mango, pineapple, lychee, pine, and earthiness. Some background toasted bread malt and medium fruit esters. As it warms, a tropical fruit aroma emerges.”
Flavor: “The aroma continues into the flavor, with melon, peach, mango, complex grapefruit, and lemon notes—could almost taste like a sour to a beer rookie. A medium malt background is sweet and bready. Fruity and tart hops flavors become a mild bitterness that extends into the finish. Slight carbonic bite at the end is dry and punchy.”
Overall: “Nice fresh fruit flavors that are very refreshing. The hops bitterness up front and the big, tart, fruity flavor are amplified by the moderate carbonation level. Well-designed hops schedule highlights what one loves in highly hopped IPAs. The tart acidity lingers—it’s a lively beer with lots of carbonation. Drink this one fresh!”
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