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Toaster Pastry

September, 2015
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
34 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
15 / 20

Rich malty and hoppy aromas mingle upfront in the nose, ascending from this beautiful red beer with small carbonated bubbles that linger on the glass. A malty sweetness coupled with caramel, burnt sugar and biscuity overtones slightly overwhelm the hop bitterness. The biscuity flavors are often the result of specialty grains and/or a specific yeast strain, such as the Witbread Yeast Ale. I can detect a dry-hopped flavor in the finish; dry hopping imparts a uniquely fresh hop flavor that can be very subtle and unnoticeable to the discerning palate. It had a medium mouthfeel an unusually high level of alchohol that resulted in a slight burn in the aftertaste. Overall, an interesting and beautifully colored IPA.