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Pace Car Racer

May, 2016
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
6 / 6
39 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

An infusion of citrus grapefruit and tangerine comes across as almost tropical with both a white-bread breadiness and bread crust in the aroma - very inviting. The beer pours a slightly hazy (maybe dry-hopped?) light gold, with a medium size head of small white bubbles - and the head hangs around for a while. Huge hop-burst earthy, pine tree, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and just a touch of garlic - the hops are the star of the show! There's a bit of bread and toasty malt holding up all those hops, but this beer showcases a melange of hop flavors that work well together. There's a bracing bitterness but it's not overpowering - very nicely balanced with the malt, so that the hop flavors and aromas can be presented to your senses. A dry and clean finish that's crisp but still smooth - everything is in almost perfect balance. The citrus would complement a banana cream pie nicely, or go full citrus, and have it with a key lime pie! As a Session IPA, you could drink this all day - not a whole lot of alcohol to dull your senses - just waves and waves of yummy juicy hops!