Style: New England-Style IPA
Great Notion Whole Melon
What the brewers say
“Single-hops IPA brewed with Huell Melon hops.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Strawberry and cherry esters up front, as well as notes of mango, orange, and pineapple. A juicy character in the aroma, with just a touch of spiciness and light white bread malt. Lemon and lime citrus tones are inviting.”
Flavor: “Big fruity flavors from hops and esters, including mango, passionfruit, orange, and a little melon, with a hint of mint hidden in there. It’s juicy, luscious, and succulent. The body is smooth and creamy, delicate and fluffy. The hops bitterness is restrained and provides just enough kick to prevent the beer from being sweet. Earthy and light dank funkiness transitions to fruity lemon and pineapple.”
Overall: “Very appealing and divine—so juicy and delicious. The complexity with the melon fruit and slight mint is interesting, and the body of the beer carries it well. This beer doesn’t shout at you like many of the New England IPAs, yet it does speak with an eloquent tongue. If you like dank IPAs and aren’t convinced that New England is a style, start here.”
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