Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8.5 IBU: 75
Boulevard Brewing Co. The Calling
What the brewers say
“The Calling is our most heavily hopped beer ever, bursting forth with unmistakable tropical fruit and pine hops aromas and flavor supported with a slightly sweet malt character, tapering to a crisp, dry finish.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Strong orange and lemon aroma, slight zest character. A little mineral-like, mild hops are herbal/spicy. Tropical fruit sweetness hits at the front with mango, pineapple, some lemon, some orange. Juicy.”
Flavor: “Malt sweetness tastes like a very blonde caramel. Hops character of orange and lemon flesh and zest blend pretty well. Bitterness is nicely blended throughout and lingers just a touch. Hops flavor is all tropical fruit—mango and coconut. Some bitterness is hiding in there, but the overall impression is sweet, not bitter.”
Overall: “Interesting blend of very light-colored caramel malt and bright citrus hops. A little too sweet overall, but not cloying at all. I like this beer a lot, but I’m surprised to have it as a double IPA. The sweetness and mild bitterness are unexpected, even if it’s a pleasant drink.”
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