Ale­smith Dou­ble IPA

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - American Imperial Ipa -

ABV: 8.5% | IBUS: 84 | SRM: N/A What the brewer says

“The fla­vor im­parts or­ange, grape­fruit, and tan­ger­ine hops notes with earthy, spicy, and pine un­der­tones. A sturdy malt back­bone bal­ances the pro­found hops bit­ter­ness to cre­ate an as­sertive and vi­brant beer that of­fers a bold ex­pres­sion of fresh Amer­i­can hops.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Dis­tinct and unique blue­berry hops fla­vors up front, with some nice mango and lemon­grass. Light dank, onion hops aroma with a touch a malt sweet­ness. Ca­pers? Gin? Def­i­nitely in the pine fam­ily, but more of a cousin.” Fla­vor: “Nice hops fruiti­ness with an even blend of blue­berry, mango, and grape­fruit rind. The hops bit­ter­ness and the light sweet­ness ac­cen­tu­ate a piney hops char­ac­ter (a bit of Christ­mas tree) that helps bal­ance and dry out the beer. A nice touch of boozy warmth also helps to fill out this beer. Bit­ter­ness lingers just a lit­tle too long, into the point of un­wel­come af­ter­taste.” Over­all: “A com­plex hops pro­file that just barely rises above the in­tense hops bit­ter­ness. It could use some malt to bal­ance it out.”

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