Baby Daddy

United States
Baby Daddy
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
80
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20
Description 

The first edition of our Session 47 Series, Baby Daddy IPA is sunny straw in color and loaded with hops. The aroma and flavor yield citrus and tropical notes: grapefruit, melon, lime, passion fruit, and a touch of spice will delight your palate. Baby Daddy IPA has a full balanced body, with a crisp finish and low bitterness. It’s an ideal choice for long afternoons with friends.

Profile

ABV: 
4.7%
IBUs: 
35
Served at: 
45° - 50° F
Hops: 
citra, chinook, centennial, cascade
Malts: 
Two Row, Dextrin, Caramel, Munich
Judges Review 
Josh Weikert's picture
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Session IPAs represent an attempt to make something like an IPA, only smaller (without, one would assume, being an American Pale Ale). The risk is that they just turn into low-alcohol bittering bombs, and unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your tastes) that's exactly what happens here.

The beer pours a bright gold, with moderate white head that is fairly persistent. It has a straightforward aroma of medium-high grapefruit, a low lemony zing, and a hint of honey.  

The promising aroma, though, gets overshadowed by an overly-firm bitterness that permeates the flavor. One can detect a low tropical fruit flavor and grainy background, but the prominent bittering and carbonic bite mute the other flavors. It feels prickly and tight on the tongue, with high carbonation and a medium-light body.

If beers like Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid are up your alley, you'll love this as a session alternative, but a bit less bitterness and a bit more character malt/flavor hop would make it more accessible. Even just reducing the CO² would be a help: degassing by double- and triple-pouring added some body and counterbalance.  

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