Alpha Abstraction Vol. 20

Georgia
United States
Alpha Abstraction Vol. 20, Wild Leap Brew Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

A juicy, double dry-hopped IPA with Trial 603 Cryo and Mosaic Cryo hops. This is the twentieth edition of the series with a varied hop profile in each volume.

Profile

ABV: 
8.0%
Hops: 
Trial 603 Cryo, Mosaic Cryo
Judges Review 
Jim Koebel's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Alpha Abstraction Vol. 20 by Wild Leap Brew Co. was judged as BJCP Category 22A, Double IPA. Viewed in light of the rise in various specialty IPAs -- especially New England-style Hazy IPAs -- the Double IPA is a throwback to simpler times in the mid-to-late aughts when scaling up an IPA recipe to be stronger and hoppier was novel. It’s a straightforward beer to judge, with “intense” being the key descriptor. Still, these beefy beers should be neither malty like a barleywine nor bone dry like a tripel.

Alpha Abstraction has a strong, bright hop aroma with lemon and other citrus characteristics. It is a milky yellow color with a substantial white head. This beer’s bitterness is low for style, measuring at a moderate level. Its hop flavor is peppery and its malt flavor is clean with a touch of sweetness. Carbonation is high and creates a soft, fluffy texture. After letting this beer sit for a few minutes, its strength becomes more apparent in the aroma. Overall, Alpha Abstraction doesn’t have the hop intensity of a classic version of the style, but it still fits nicely in the realm between IPA and hazy IPA. With its peppery hop character, it is even reminiscent of a hoppy Belgian ale.

Brewery Introduction

Something is brewing in historic downtown LaGrange. What was once the Westbrook Service & Tire Co. building has become the home of Wild Leap Brew Co., the first brewery to locate in LaGrange. Wild Leap features a tasting room, large event space and an outdoor beer garden that looks upon a... Read More

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