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City to Shore Double IPA

November, 2017
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
5 / 6
36 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Reviewed under the 2015 Beer Judge Certification Program style guidelines under category 22A Double India Pale Ale.

While assessing the above captioned beer it became evident that it leaned heavily under the parameters of a “New England IPA”, a style not yet recognized by the BJCP. I will therefore take that into consideration during this review.

The aroma exhibited a robust bouquet of pine, citrus and passion fruit. These aromas melded together appropriately apprising the palette of what was to come. A firm clean hop presence was also manifest.

A hazy peach tinted beer that supported a medium white head which poured up and held. The favor as was the case in the aroma profile was very resinous and fruity with grapefruit, pineapple and tangerines the predominant contributors, a faint bready malt note was somewhat hidden in the background. The hop blend was reminiscent of mosaic and citra which lent a somewhat burnt rubber new sneakers flavor to the beer which some drinkers like and others don’t.

Thin bodied, lightly dry in the finish with ample conditioning and just a touch of alcoholic warmth.

While not meeting all the parameters of a standard Double IPA as defined by the BJCP this a worthwhile beer in its own right and is cleverly conceived for even the most persnickety beer connoisseur.