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Wrought Iron IPA

October, 2015
Judges Rating: 
83
Aroma: 
20 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
33 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

This American IPA has a predominately floral aroma with supporting citrus fruit notes. Underneath lies a moderately low wort-like maltiness. It pours a yellow-orange color, mostly clear, and has a one finger-sized white head with good retention. The worty character is thankfully isolated to the aroma; the malt tastes toasty and caremelly, but it's still too sweet for an American IPA.  Hop flavors are moderate, vaguely citrus-like, and lackluster overall. Though this IPA exhibits moderate bitterness and finishes evenly balanced between malt and hops, it still feels too full. Although there is nothing objectionable about this example, it lacks the distinctive hop character that has come to be expected of this style and is overshadowed by myriad competitors. 

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