Fruitless Double IPA

Virginia
United States
Champion Beer Fruitless Double IPA
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Big juicy double IPA hopped exclusively with Mosaic and fermented with British Burton Ale yeast. We think it is the Fruit Basket without the fruit. You be the judge.

Profile

ABV: 
9.0%
Judges Review 
Jim Koebel's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The aroma of this Double IPA shows itself to be distinctive right away. Absent are the citrus fruit hop aromas that have come to be expected in this style; instead, It is peppery, earthy, herbal, and musty. Low caramel maltiness supports this powerful hop aroma, along with generic, sweet esters. This DIPA pours a hazy orange color with moderate off-white head that eventually disappears entirely. Subtle spicy and resinous hop flavors lead the flavor, followed by low sweetness and stiff bitterness. The finish is resinous, sticky, and well carbonated.  This beer's strength is apparent.  Although it's what many of us have come to associate with the style, there's no rule that says a DIPA has to be fruity or West Coast-style. The brewers of this example seem to be well aware of that, and get points for exploiting the freedom that the DIPA style allows.