In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


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Aroma: “Citrus, lemon and orange mostly, along with some pine, candied peach, and candied orange. It’s slightly woody and fairly minty on retronasal. Some spiciness.”

Flavor: “Lemony, but some grapefruit pith, too. Some resinous pine. Sharp bitterness locks onto the tongue and lasts forever. Some hops astringency. Fairly dry all the way through. Aggressive hops are accentuated by the sharp carbonic acid bite.”

Overall: “A strong West Coast thing. A throwback to the early days of American strong IPAs.”