King of Hop

Virginia
United States
Starr Hill King of Hop Imperial IPA beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

King of Hop Imperial India Pale Ale is brewed with heaps of American hops from the Pacific Northwest. This medium-bodied beer is dry-hopped to achieve an invigoratingly fresh aroma, which highlights the powerful citrus characteristics of the hops. Flavor notes of orange peel, passion fruit, grapefruit, and gooseberry lend balance to the bracingly herbal bite.

Profile

ABV: 
7.5%
IBUs: 
50
Judges Review 
Dan Preston's picture
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This Double IPA pours a clear golden color with an impressive white head. The nose is hop-forward mixed with a little bit of sweetness. The hop character is complex with notes of citrus, orange, grapefruit peel, mango and a little bit of resinous pine. Beneath the hops is a light caramel sweetness and low grainy malty character. The flavor is more of the same. There’s slightly sweet fruit (orange, grapefruit, mango) and some dank, piney resin as well. After all the hops, some minor grainy notes are deteced along with honey and a little bit of alcohol burn at the back. While the beer leans well towards the hoppy side, the bitterness is fairly medium, and could actually use a punch up for a Double IPA. It all makes for a nicely complex DIPA with a blend of citrusy and dank flavors and aromas. There is a little more malt and a little less hops than I would like, but it would all come together better if the bitterness levels were a bit higher.