Phantom Bride IPA

California
United States
Phantom Bride IPA by Belching Beaver Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Named after the ethereal song by the one and only Deftones, Phantom Bride IPA is a blend of Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic hops delicately balanced for the perfectly drinkable mix of citrus and hoppy goodness. A truly original Deftones/ Belching Beaver collaboration envisioned by Chino Moreno and skillfully crafted by Thomas Peters. Sit back, put on your headphones and drink away.

Profile

ABV: 
7%
IBUs: 
60
Hops: 
Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo, Simcoe
Malts: 
California Ale
Judges Review 
David Sapsis's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer was judged as BJCP category 21.A (American IPA) and served at 45 degrees F.

The beer comes to me in a nonic imperial pint after a robust pour: the beer is medium gold in color (~5 SRM) with a distinct haze. The foam is a thick off-white of mixed bubbles exhibiting excellent stand. The abundant and persistent outgassing indicates the beer is well conditioned, while the very light color clearly indicates minimal use of kilned/caramel malts in the grist, which is common in many modern IPA interpretations, where brewers (and patrons) are looking for hop forward character without a lot to get in the way.

The aroma is classic west coast: pine, fresh citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit) and a backdrop of cantaloupe sweetness, above a bready-cracker maltiness that is inviting and not overly acidic or angular. The dry-hop effect is obvious, and it appears the hops themselves were in good condition, making for a hop forward, but balanced nose, given the faint malt sweetness evident. I couldn't pick up any distinct ethanol, indicating its relatively modest strength.

The beer's front palate is bright with pine and citrus character and trails to an immediate shot of bitterness that while firm is countered by some nice cracker-malt character. The mid-palate has a surprisingly strong malt backbone of the same cracker-biscuit flavors carrying along the orange-piney-resin and melon notes along with some residual sweetness into the finish that is clean and off-dry, with some lingering mineral and bitter notes. Overall the beer's palate is fuller than many light-gold IPA's I believe owing to a relative low degree of apparent attenuation and a deft and conservative hand with the kettle hopping (the former discounted based on a measured final gravity of 2.6o Plato). The body is medium and the mouthfeel has a nice creamy texture despite the high level of carbonation, making it a bit of a paradox: light, snappy and refreshing in that its not overbearing in its bitterness or hop flavors, while still well-balanced and appropriately hefty. All this produces a very drinkable IPA, with all the attendant features expected of west-coast interpretation that would work great to quench thirst on a hot summer afternoon, or provide liquid juxtaposition to a hearty and spicy meal: someone say green Thai curry? Well done, and should stand out even in a saturated market.

Brewery Introduction

Belching Beaver Brewery came from a desire to make great beer and have a Dam good time doing it. When we started the company we wanted to do two things: First, have a brand that offered quality craft beer but was whimsical and fun to inspire good times.

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