4th Anniversary Double IPA

California
United States
4th Anniversary Double IPA Garage Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
85
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Hoppy 4th anniversary to us! This special 4 x 4 DIPA has 4 malts and 4 hops including Citra, Mosaic, Nugget, and Falconer’s Flight.

Profile

ABV: 
8.3%
IBUs: 
88
Hops: 
Citra, Mosaic, Nugget, Falconer's Flight
Judges Review 
Tracy Hensley's picture
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This hazy Double IPA leads with ethanol and hop bitterness, followed by unusual, but interesting, aromas of white milk chocolate and aggressive resin flavors.   

It starts with a moderate aroma of lemon peel, well-blended pine resin, candied vanilla caramel wafers, and white milk chocolate.  Pine resin and white chocolate-dipped buttery graham biscuit notes come forward after a few minutes.   

The Double IPA is a hazy ruddy amber color with a creamy unbleached lace-colored head that creates a patchy film on the top of the beer.   

The first sip is pine resin forward, followed quickly by graham crackers coated in aggressive hop bitterness with a lingering pithy aftertaste.  Overtime, heat coats my mouth and warms my lips, tongue, and throat.   The medium body combined with medium plus carbonation causes a biting prickling sensation exacerbated by alcoholic heat.

Drinkability is a hallmark of the Double IPA style (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 22A).  However, here the diacetyl as well as intense ethanol and resin bitterness character, creates an off-balanced beer.  I was able to tame some, but not all, of the aggressive hop bitterness with four-year old Pacific Northwest cheddar.  Overall, the whole is greater than its parts.

Brewery Introduction

It All Started in a Garage. In most garages, you can find what people drive. In our Garage, you can find what drives us — quality craft beer.​

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