It’s a thing of unadulterated beauty.
A golden pour settling into a deep brown-orange beer with a blanket of froth. Both a whiff of floral and citrus hops hits the nostril and I can’t stop sniffing this beer. There’s less citrus than I usually enjoy in an IPA, but it’s subtly there with a dry mouth feel on the back end - not as daunting as a Double Trouble or a Ruination, but still a dry bite to clear your mouth out of feeling.
It goes down smooth. Real smooth. Like a cold caramel latte without ice smooth.
That smell will get you. It’s not normal. Its not your normal floral aroma. It’s better. It’s like a farmer’s market - fresh produce next to fresh flowers. A spectacular blend of goodness.
The taste matches the smell in a way that’s surreal. The citrus qualities give it a refreshing bite all the way through your mouth and down the throat, leaving no alcohol or boozy taste - only a sweet lingering of dry floral hops.
My favorite thing about this beer might be the head. Halfway through the beer, it’s warming, and it’s still gets a nice blanket covering with a slight aggravation. The creamy quality of the head adds to that latte mouth feel.
This is what I want an IPA to be. It’s not overpowering. It doesn’t knock you on your ass. It just is deliciously refreshing. It doesn’t try to be too much. You could have 3 or 4 over the course of late night fishing trip and still make it safely back to the dock.
Final Grade: A-