Notch 9

Virginia
United States
Smartmouth Beer Notch 9 Double IPA
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Notch 9 gets its unusual name from the 8 notch positions on a locomotive’s throttle, with each one delivering progressively more power. Notch 9 ratchets it even higher. It is a double IPA with a citrusy aroma from a crazy amount of dry hops. As it flows over your palate, you'll sense grapefruit and pine. It washes down with a dry crisp finish. Incredibly smooth and straw in color, it delivers the goods on strength. Sip this beer alongside a plate of cured meats or bacon to boost the umami and saltiness of the dish. Pair it with a funky cheese like Stilton or sharp cheddar.

Profile

ABV: 
9.1%
IBUs: 
105
Hops: 
Centennial, Columbus, Falconer’s Flight 7C’s , Simcoe
Malts: 
Carapils, Crystal 20L, Pilsner
Judges Review 
Jim Koebel's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This Double IPA explodes with dense, citrusy hop aromas along with noticeable alcohol aromas. It is gold-colored and hazy with a wispy white head that rouses very well. The flavor contains citrus peel, grapefruit and hop resin with a sturdy and neutral malt backbone. It is quite bitter and dry. It finishes crisply with lingering resinous hop flavor and a pleasant alcohol warmth. This example stops short of the "intense" and "absurd" levels of hop character allowable in the Double IPA style, but is plenty satisfying and deserves credit for making its mark without reaching extremes.