Handshake IPA

California
United States
Handshake IPA Green Flash Alpine Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Hand Shake IPA is a commemorative collaboration beer brewed to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Green Flash and Alpine Beer Company union. Brewmasters Pat and Shawn McIlhenney and Chuck Silva combined powers to create an IPA worthy of sharing with good friends. Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, and El Dorado Hops create a fresh, orange, peppery flavor with an earthy bitter finish. So delicious, let’s toast to a beautiful friendship. 

Profile

ABV: 
7.0%
IBUs: 
55
Hops: 
Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, El Dorado
Malts: 
Maris Otter, Golden Promise
Judges Review 
Tracy Hensley's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Slightly dulled, strong, spicy clove and cracked red pepper aromas are noticeable from over a foot away. Up close, I discover slightly dulled cedar resin, black tea leaves, dried pineapple and papaya, flatbread, slight dried red cherry fruitiness and alcohol warmth. The head does not stay around even after swirling the glass, though off-white, fine carbonation does cling to the sides of the glass of this slightly hazy, medium golden-colored beer. At first, flavors of mint jelly and fresh cut wet grass are discerned and then lead into alcohol, green tea leaves, and matcha powder. The finish has a dusty chalkiness that dries out the mouth and teeth. The aftertaste, of very low purple lilac essential oil, builds over time. Clean, cooling and strong hop bitterness with a low pleasing throat- and lip-coating alcohol warmth combine with a medium mouthfeel, but the beer is let down by moderate warming alcohol heat, drying chalkiness, and bitterness. Cleaner aromas and flavors were missing. Still a solid IPA.