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Ballantine IPA

Judges Rating: 
88
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Resinous, piney hop aromas are fresh and appealing, fading as caramel malt emerges. Fruity esters add an accent of strawberries and citrus fruit: tangerine and mandarin orange. A more restrained bready, grainy malt character is secondary. The initial flavor is quite caramelly sweet, with hints of toffee and toasty grain. A notable surge of hop character (flavor and bitterness) washes through mid-taste, bringing the overall impression back into balance. The finish is clean as the bitterness and carbonation-driven acidity dry the mouthfeel. This is a very flavorful beer, with a blend of fruity esters, caramel malt, and fi rm bitterness that are not quite integrated.

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