471 IPA Barrel Series Hüll Melon

Colorado
United States
471 IPA Barrel Series Hüll Melon Breckenridge Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

We start with our celebrated 471 Double IPA, age it in whiskey barrels then dry hop using a new hop variety every quarter. This release features Hüll Melon hops in the dry hop treatment. The aroma of Hüll Melon is quite unique – a nice shift from the more common floral and citrus hop attributes. Traces of honeydew melon and apricot accompany the rich whiskey and slightly smoky scents that the barrels lend. Classic oaky flavors from the barrels are present beginning to end, accompanied by a touch of vanilla and nutmeg.  471 Double IPA is known for its big malty mouthfeel, and 471 IPA Barrel Series is no exception.

Profile

ABV: 
9.7%
IBUs: 
70
Hops: 
Hüll Melon
Judges Review 
John C. Tull's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

There is an aroma of rich malt, mostly caramel with toasted hints that may be from the wood. The beer has prevalent oaky wood aromas with whiskey barrel and vanilla overtones. Subtle tangerine hints from hops are lurking beneath the wood and malt. The color is light copper and very clear with a light head that persists. The flavor has well-developed complexity from intense hop bitterness, heavy whisky barrel flavors (oak, vanilla and spice) with a rich malt follow through. The malt is sweet caramel and balances well with the intensity of the wood and hops. The hop bitterness and barrel characteristics linger for some time. Carbonation is fairly strong and brings a carbonic bite that is a good counterpoint to the big malt backbone. Alcoholic warmth and spiciness from the whisky barrel are also present. This ain't your Grandma's Wood-Aged beer. The barrel character is quite evident, but you don't feel like you are drinking a double IPA and bourbon boilermaker. No, there is a very nice complexity and balance to the intense flavors that are brought together in this offering. If you like big beers with big flavors, this one will get you there nicely.

Brewery Introduction

Back in the 1980s, our founder Richard Squire was your typical ski bum – with one significant difference. He had a knack for making extraordinary home brews. For years, only his closest friends were able to enjoy his creations, but it didn’t take long for Richard to realize that his talents... Read More

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