Award Winner IPA was part of a double home brewing day in later March. The beer has been coming into its’ own in the last week. Time to write it up!
Look: Pours ridiculously cloudy giving a dull, dark gold color. Very drab looking, almost ugly. Huge amounts of white, billowing foam fill the glass. Retention is solid while the foam thins as it recedes. Lacing begins as the foam falls back, leaving sticky wisps.
Aroma: Lots of nice fruit. At times it almost makes me think strawberry. Pine mingles, strong arming occasionally. Caramel notes.
Taste: More of the same following the aroma. Fruit with a touch of pine. Bitterness is minimal. Malt is there, definitely not big.
Drinkability: Medium body. Medium carbonation, maybe.
Overall: It’s okay. There isn’t really much going on in the taste. Almost a dull beer. Maybe too many hops confuse the palate. The aroma is the highlight.
Being a home brewer I don’t mind cloudy beers but this one doesn’t ever give light a chance. Similar to Clash of Hops, I think I have over done the amount of hops in this batch. Less varieties of hops, less confusion? Time to go back to a bit more simpler hopping regimes for my next IPAs. New wave late June, early July to hit the brew kettle. Enjoy!
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