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The Optimist

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

Aromas of pineapple syrup, torn mint leaves, fresh guava fruit, freshly baked white bread, grapefruit and pine needles are immediately apparent upon first whiff. An ivory-colored, creamy, persistent head clings to the sides of the glass of this light amber-colored, hazy beer. Candied mango and pineapple flavors are the first impressions upon sipping, followed by pine needles, resin and caramel breakfast rolls. This IPA is definitely hop-forward, but is backed by noticeable supporting malt. A dry, low, warming finish with supporting medium bitterness leads into a green pepper-like aftertaste. The mouthfeel was like a light cream sauce, and medium-high carbonation elevates the beer. Overall, this was a malty, well-balanced American IPA without the bitterness of many high-IBU IPAs.