Wicked Sticky IPA

Massachusetts
United States
Wicked Sticky IPA Lefty's Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Fresh. Wet. Sticky. Outrageously tasty. This is one seriously wicked sticky ale! The invigorating aroma climbs fiercely out of the glass, bursting with hints of passion fruit, citrus, pineapple, and mango. Using local fresh cut Rakau, Nugget, and Centennial hops from Four Star Farms in Northfield, MA, we brewed up a robust IPA that isn’t shy at 9.5%. These sticky wet hops create a delicious fresh hopped ale that boasts volumes in taste and aroma, providing a crisp finish that tempts you for more satisfying slurps.

 

Profile

ABV: 
9.5%
IBUs: 
90
Served at: 
45 - 50° F
Hops: 
Nugget, Centennial, Rakau
Malts: 
Two-Row, Crystal 60, Dextrine Malt, Black Malt
Judges Review 
Jason Johnson's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The beer pours a dark amber color with very good clarity. It may be a touch too dark for an IPA, but color is a very minor issue. The head was light tan, with loose, large bubbles that weren't long-lasting but never dissipated either. The malt aroma is of sweet malt, mostly bready caramel with a little bit of toast. The hops are very nice and bright, with lots of citrus and some pineapple-like secondary notes. There is a very noticeable alcohol aroma as well.  

The beer is initially a bit sweet, with lots of caramel and a little bit of toasty malt. The hop bitterness is in the medium range but the flavor is very well-pronounced. Again with a citrusy and pineapple-like quality, I really enjoyed the hop flavors of this beer. The alcohol seems considerably high for an IPA, though, almost pushing into the double IPA range. There is quite a bit of alcohol in the flavor and it's slightly boozy. I found this beer to be medium to full-bodied, fairly creamy, with its finish a bit too sweet for my taste. Overall, while I found the hop profile to be very pleasant, the high sweetness and high alcohol was a bit too much for a standard IPA.