Vertex IPA

Illinois
United States
Destihl Brewery Vertex IPA Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
84
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20
Description 

We may not have mountains in the midwest, but this back-hopped, copper-colored India Pale Ale reaches the Vertex of fruity-citrusy hop flavors & aroma while also striking a reliably solid, midwest balance caramel maltiness and hop bitterness.

 

Profile

ABV: 
6.3%
IBUs: 
76
Judges Review 
Josh Weikert's picture
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Oh, IPAs – so many out there; so hard to make them stand out. This is an example of another “pretty good” IPA – it has nothing particularly memorable about it, but it’s certainly a fine beer. The beer pours medium-gold in color with a slight haze and a low, white, fluffy head. The initial aromas are all bright citrus (grapefruit) and pine, with a medium-low bready malt in the background as it warms that's perfectly pleasant.

The flavor exhibits medium-high bittering as one would expect, but it is surprisingly low in hop flavor and feels a bit washed out and raw. The grainy malt flavor and bittering dominate the show, and the aftertaste is mostly a touch of warm alcohols. The overall impression is that of a beer that’s a little watery and missing something.

Ultimately, this is an OK IPA, which just doesn’t get it done in today’s IPA-saturated beer marketplace. It needs a bit more “filling out” with some light character malts and hop flavor, but at least there’s nothing “wrong” with the beer that needs correcting.