Alpha Abstraction Vol. 6

Georgia
United States
Alpha Abstraction Vol. 6, Wild Leap Brew Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
82
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 6 is a juicy, double dry-hopped IPA with Lotus hops. This is the sixth edition of the series, with a varied hop profile in each volume.

Profile

ABV: 
8.0%
IBUs: 
46
Hops: 
Lotus
Judges Review 
Sean Coughlin's picture
Judges Rating:
82
Aroma:
17 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Alpha Abstraction Vol. 6 by Wild Leap Brew Co. is a Double IPA and is being evaluated as such by the current BJCP guidelines for that category (BJCP 2015 Category 22A). 

For a Double IPA, the hop aroma is a bit muted overall but a unique blend of ripe mango and cantaloupe harmonize well with the underlying bready malt. There is a fresh and delicate floral hop attribute that emerges as the beer warms that is reminiscent of rose/rose water. The malt is buried beneath the hop aroma and a clean fermentation is evident. The beer is dark yellow and is hazy to the point of being opaque. The off-white head is dense with incredible staying power. The flavor is a nice surprise after a somewhat disappointing aroma – high hop flavor with bright top notes of mango and freshly squeezed orange juice in the base. Hop bitterness is restrained for a Double IPA but aids in overall drinkability. There’s a touch of sweetness in the finish which also may help drinkability but makes it a bit odd for the style. The mouthfeel is pleasant – medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, zero hop astringency, zero alcohol warmth, and a touch of creaminess. 

With the hop character, low bitterness, intense haze, and touch of sweetness, this beer is more indicative of what the Brewers Association has classified as Juicy/Hazy Double IPA rather than a traditional IPA. That being said, one of the most important aspects of either of these styles is aroma and this beer could use a boost in that department. An enjoyable beer for those that lean towards big hop flavor with low bitterness. 

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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