Sticky Hands

Oregon
United States
Block 15 Brewing Sticky Hands IPA Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

This hop experience ale features ample additions of sticky, resinous, lupulin-packed hop buds grown in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy a hop decrescendo that begins with an aromatic blast of tropical fruits, citrus and dank herbs, transitions into intense hop flavor and then ends with a balanced bitter finish, gently propped up by pale malted barley and fermented with select brewer's yeast.

Profile

ABV: 
8.1%
IBUs: 
110
Served at: 
45 - 50° F
Malts: 
Best Ale, Two-Row, Pale Wheat, Carafoam
Judges Review 
Nelson Crowle's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with a big poofy head of fine, ivory-colored bubbles that sticks around for quite a while. Sniffing across the top of the glass brings up a strong grapefruit aroma and then some bread, crackers and bread crusts along with some piney hops. The flavor is actually somewhat different from the aroma with grassy, piney, resinous, garlic and dank earthy hop notes. The malt flavor is bready and bread crust, which is just enough to hold up the massive hop flavor and very high (almost astringent) bittering into a very dry and crisp finish. There is just a smidge of peach fruitiness -- from either the yeast or one of the newer hop varietals -- that starts to balance out the bitterness as the beer warms up. The bitterness will melt the enamel off your teeth -- but also could go nicely with some Jamaican jerk chicken wings.