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AleSmith Double IPA

May, 2016
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

This Double IPA pours a deep amber color with near-brilliant clarity and a rocky, off-white head that seems to last forever. As you admire the appearance, a prominent grapefruit rind hop aroma bursts from the glass and slowly evolves to allow light stone fruit and a bready maltiness to emerge, with just a touch of floral alcohol. The flavor evolves even more, showcasing a prominent mixed citrus and resin hop flavor that is immediately backed up by a strong hop bitterness that doesn’t assault your palate, and helps to balance the beer's light residual sweetness. A light bready malt character, floral alcohol and mixed stone fruit emerge mid-palate to add intrigue to the pronounced hop flavor and bitterness to create a nicely balanced Double IPA.