Review: Spice Trade Brewing Sun Temple IPA | Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
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Spice Trade Brewing Sun Temple IPA
89 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.
Spice Trade Brewing Sun Temple IPA

Style: IPA

ABV: 6.3 IBU: 60

89
Aroma: 8
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 13
Mouthfeel: 4

Spice Trade Brewing Sun Temple IPA

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What the brewers say

“A juicy and tropical fruit-forward New England–style IPA. Notes of peach, citrus, and mango. Excessively hopped with Eldorado, Citra, and Simcoe hops.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Red berry, concord grape, fruit leather, orange vanilla creamsicle with a touch of mango and pineapple. There’s a slight earthiness and black pepper spice. Strong mix of malt and bubblegum. Smells like Chinook, Centennial, and Cascade hops.”

Flavor: “Caramel malts are strong in the flavor, but a present bitterness helps round it out. It’s missing the juicy component NE IPA is known for. Tastes very PNW IPA style (resinous). Orange, lemon, mango, pineapple hops characteristics with a touch of vanillin and light floral notes beneath. Body is a bit thin, and that is accentuated by how dry the beer finishes. Carb is good. Significant bitterness throughout, but it fades with a slightly sweet kiss.”

Overall: “Not as hazy as most NE IPA, more focused on Old School hops and malt but with the estery component mixed in. Overall too bitter, but the hops profile is well executed and complex. Not one I would want many of, but I’d finish the pint.”

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