PsycHOPathy

Ohio
United States
PsycHOPathy by MadTree Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
80
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
31 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

The subtle malt backbone combats the bitterness and intensity of floral, grassy and citrus hop flavors. However, taste is perception. What's your slant?

Profile

ABV: 
6.9%
IBUs: 
60
Served at: 
40-45º
Hops: 
Cascade, Chinook, Centennial
Malts: 
2-Row, Vienna, Caramel 40L, Carapils
Judges Review 
Josh Weikert's picture
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
31 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

PscHOPathy (judged as BJCP Category 21A, American IPA) from Mad Tree is a solid but unremarkable member of an ever-expanding universe of American IPAs.

The beer pours gold with a slight haze (OK, given the likely hopping rate), with a fluffy white head that's moderately persistent. The aroma is mostly pine, but with a touch of light caramel and biscuit from the malt background.  As it warms you can detect a touch of perfumey alcohols and a bit of citrus (orange), either from esters of hops, but never in particularly significant quantities.  

The flavor reflects the grassy hop-forward character present in the aroma, with medium-high bittering and a semi-dry finish. There's a touch of warming on the palate, and a slight slickness that might be indicative of a low level of diacetyl.  

Overall, this isn't a bad IPA, but neither is it especially noteworthy. It's worth a try, especially since IPA preferences often come down to your palate's preference for certain hops and combinations, and it shows few technical glitches. A solid beer.