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Atlas

October, 2016

Atlas

Judges Rating: 
88
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
36 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Sometimes traditional is good. With the world of IPA constantly changing with new hops, new hopping techniques, and creative adjuncts, it is always nice to be able to go “back to basics.” This beer pours from the can pale orange with excellent clarity, quickly forming a bright white, long lasting head with tight bubbles. Your nose is immediately hit with traditional American-style IPA hop aromas of light resin, freshly cut grass, pine, and citrus peel. A hint of biscuit crust and toffee indicate malt will not let hops steal the show. The flavor is initially grassy hops and pine needles, but this is quickly followed up by an assertive malt flavor of light caramel and toffee, striking a pleasant balance. Hop bitterness is restrained and the mouthfeel is medium light with a tangy, somewhat dry, bitter finish. In our current environment of an IBU arms race, a beer this malty may be thought of as more of a strong pale ale. But its balance and traditional, clean flavors still makes it highly quaffable and enjoyable.

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