It is safe to say that American imperial ipas are one of my favorite styles of American craft beer. Heck, the term hop head is used freely with persons who like a lot of hops in their beers. Some can’t get enough; I guess that’s where I cut it off. I have a limit. I like a lot of hops but I don’t like a ridiculous amount of unbalanced bitterness, just for the sake of saying “my beer has 140 IBUs.” That is ludicrous. Make something smooth, well dry hopped so the aroma helps in the taste, and a beer that doesn’t ruin my palate.
In my constant pursuit of this equilibrium, my journey has brought me to Satisfaction Jackson from Ale Asylum. This beer turned out to be a little different than most DIPAs, as the hop profile was more subdued, but enough to make its presence known.
The hops are floral on the nose, which help to balance the sweet toffee scents. In the mouth the floral comes through via the nose while there are citrus notes that lead to a pleasant and not over bearing bitterness. The sweetness in the mouth might be a bit too big. A really solid DIPA that is a nicely different than all the pine I am used to in the style. Enjoy!
Aroma: 9, Taste: 8, Look: 9, Drinkability: 8, Overall: 8.4
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