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Single Hop Series: HBC-291

March, 2016
Judges Rating: 
19 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

The malt takes center stage over the hops in this Double IPA. Honey, biscuit and caramel stand out while a slight oxidative note creeps in. Underneath that are some light, herbal hops with a hint of orange and a subtle floral note to follow upon warming. The bitterness is nothing aggressive, just enough to balance the slightly sweet finish. The body seems a bit heavy and the alcohol is apparent; those elements combined impairs this beer's drinkability a little bit. All-in-all, this is an interesting interpretation of a classic Double IPA, but do not expect the traditional grapefruit and pine hop character you would normally see. The increased malt character and the muted hops seem to indicate some age on the beer (perhaps from transport).