Belt & Suspenders

Illinois
United States
Belt & Suspenders by BuckleDown Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Loads of Nugget, Crystal and Sterling hops lead the way in producing an amazing beer with huge hop aromas. The bitterness of this beer is balanced by a well-selected malt backbone. A pleasantly drinkable brew for 7% ABV.

Profile

ABV: 
7.0%
Hops: 
Crystal, Sterling, Nugget
Judges Review 
Dan Martich's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Belt & Suspenders by BuckleDown Brewing is being evaluated as an American IPA (Category 21A) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 

This beer pours a bright golden color with a slight haze possiblly due to dry hopping. A thick white head crowns it with many small bubbles rising to the surface displaying its spritzy carbonic qualities. 

This brew is redolent with aromas of citrus, sweetened grapefruit juice, very low ripe pineapple with an ever-so-slightly toasted malt sweetness lurking underneath.

The moderately grainy malt flavor is second to the big floral, complex hops that are slightly resinous and piney. Balanced clearly toward the hops with a light nod toward a toasty/biscuit malt note that is just short of sweet. This IPA finishes very dry with a defined light alcohol flavor.

A medium-bodied ale with an appropriate carbonation level to accentuate the flavor profile and mouthfeel. Low viscosity keeps this beer flowing with a light palate sensation to keep you coming back for more and more sips. 

Overall, this is a very easy-drinking beer that is balanced and decidedly a great example of the American IPA style. May I suggest bringing a couple of cans to enjoy before a ball game or to watch a stunning sunset. It would also pair perfectly with a Thai curry dish to help bring out the hop flavors.

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