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Frequent Flier

July, 2016
Judges Rating: 
24 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Upon pouring, the aroma is a welcome party of tropical fruit hops followed by a very faint piney hop character. The tropical fruit you'll find here is headlined by mango, passion fruit and papaya beckoning you to a first sip. But wait there's also a soft, sweet, malt aroma that seems biscuity and caramel-like alongside some low fruity esters. The color is a rich dark yellow that is brilliantly clear, the foamy, glowing white head sits atop a highly carbonated  brew full of larger-than-life, reverse-cascading bubbles. The flavor comes across as grainy with a small amount of biscuit and caramel malt character. A moderate citrus hop flavor and solid bitterness rounds out the finish. As expected in any IPA, this beer balances toward the hop flavor and bitterness. The body comes forward as med-light with a high amount of carbonation, and it also accentuates the dryness. No astringent qualities are present; this beer is pleasantly smooth. It tastes fresh; as if picked from the hopyard the day it was reviewed. This beer hits all the right notes for the style. Enjoy it during your favorite daytime summer activity.