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Hopothermia

Judges Rating: 
95
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
38 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Fresh, intense hops are prominent in the aroma; hints of tropical fruit are blended with an underlying resinous essence. Fruitiness is compounded by ester contributions from the fermentation, adding pineapple and berry character that invites a first sip. The flavor delivers on the promised hop flavor and bitterness, but manages to avoid any harshness. Taste includes more citrus (grapefruit, tangerine) than the aroma and a solid grainy malt, including just a touch of caramel at the perfect level of support. The fresh hops are impressive, with clean intensity that remains smooth. The fruity character from both hops and fermentation make this a uniquely drinkable double IPA.

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