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21st Amendment Tasty IPA

October, 2017
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

21st Amendment Tasty IPA is an American IPA, and was evaluated as an American IPA (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 21A) according to BJCP guidelines.  For this style, one anticipates prominent New World hop aroma and flavor supported with a minimal amount of malt.  Overall, Tasty IPA highlights the expected hop aroma and flavor intensity.  For style, it displays an uncharacteristically high residual sweetness that sweetens the flavor and weighs down the body.   

The aroma starts with a moderate amount of refreshing pineapple blended with pine resin, low milled white flour, and Tahitian vanilla. Overtime, low lemon juice aroma emerges but gives way to more resin and earthy white mushroom.  Tasty IPA has a frothy white persistent head on a hazy golden body.

The first taste displays saline and pine needles with a clean but sweet mid palate.  Tasty IPA finishes with the flavor of light golden syrup balancing moderate hop bitterness.  During the second sip, those pine resin notes come on strong and hold on until the finish.  In the aftertaste, a light pleasant minerality shows and works well with the initial saline flavors.  As for mouthfeel, it is appropriately warm but not tingling.  Surprisingly creamy and viscous texture with a pleasant light drying finish.  Altogether a solid IPA, with uncharacteristic heavy and flavorful sweetness.