Inshore Slam IPA

Georgia
United States
Inshore Slam IPA by Coastal Empire Beer Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
86
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Our IPA is aggressively hopped and comes in at 75 IBU's.  The hop aromas and flavors are a balance of tropical fruit, Citrus, spicy, and funky hop notes that come from the blend of four hops we use in the beer. This balance provides a intense hop flavor without an overpowering hop bite.

Profile

ABV: 
6.8%
IBUs: 
75
Served at: 
40-45º
Hops: 
El Dorado, Centennial, Citra, Summer
Malts: 
Vienna
Judges Review 
Michael McGuire's picture
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Inshore Slam IPA by Coastal Empire Beer Co. is an IPA and was judged as an American IPA (BJCP sub-style 21A). It poured dark gold into the glass where it set up mostly clear with only a slight (chill?) haze and a modest short-lived white head. The aroma featured some caramel malt notes and hops of an indistinct variety, which departed somewhat from the usual intensely hoppy nose of an American IPA featuring citrusy or other distinctive aromas from hops grown in the Pacific northwest or other New World locales. The flavor profile initially mirrored the aroma – sweet maltiness balanced but not overwhelmed by bittering and flavor hops. Finally, this was followed by tropical fruity esters (e.g., mango) through to a finish of non-astringent hop flavor coating the palate. In this respect Inshore Slam diverged from the many aggressively-hopped IPA’s in the current craft beer market.

Overall, this American IPA exhibited the balance and restrained alcohol of an English IPA. As such it was more widely drinkable than a high-octane hop bomb. On the other hand, its lack of complexity in hop aroma and flavor causes it to fall short of true American IPA excellence.