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Anthem IPA

October, 2016

Anthem IPA

Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
35 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This American IPA pours a deep gold color with hazy clarity. A creamy bone white head is persistent and lasts throughout the beer. A lovely lacing is left on the glass as the beer is consumed. Hop aroma is high and prominent and consists of mainly of Centennial style / citrusy and floral notes. A low doughy malt aroma hides behind the hops, but provides a nice stage for their showcase. Light fruity esters blend well with the hops and are almost undetectable and there is a slightly yeasty note, which adds a touch of complexity. Light wisps of alcohol are present in the nose as the beer warms. In the flavor, high hop bitterness is at the forefront of the profile and is assertive and persistent after the swallow. Hop flavor is moderate-low and consists of light resin, light spiciness, and light citrus, which manifests in the aftertaste. Low malt flavor consisting of slight graininess is clean with a low malt sweetness, but this is quickly overtaken by the balance which quickly leans towards the hop bitterness. Slight yeasty notes are present in the flavor profile as well. Beer finishes with a medium-dry finish which is aided by lingering bitterness and a slight alcohol presence. As the beer warmed there was a very slight sulfur note which also added a layer of complexity and depth. Mouthfeel for this beer consists of a medium body with medium carbonation which is slightly tickling on the tongue. This beer has a smooth texture on the palate. There is a very slight noticeable alcohol warmth, but this does not interfere with the overall pleasure of the beer per the style. Overall, this is a very good and well-crafted IPA. This beer will appeal to those whom bitterness is their muse. Both stylistically and personal preference, I would have liked to have seen a little more prominent hop flavor in the beer, but I still enjoyed this beer overall and would absolutely order it if seen on tap or for retail sale as it is well done and very enjoyable.