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The Rainmaker

September, 2015

The Rainmaker

Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
5 / 6
38 / 40
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Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Double IPAs are hugely popular (and often have huge ABVs), but this wonderfully smooth and easy-drinking Double IPA manages to stand out from the pack. A huge bready malt aroma blended with apricot, earthy and floral hop aromas makes itself known early on. The beer's flavor follows suit with smooth alcohol and earthy, apricot-like hops and bready, slightly toasty malt combining together to create a complex and interesting profile. The finish is a blend of soft alcohol, earthy, apricot-like hops and a slightly lingering hop bitterness blended with the sweet, bready malt presence. The alcohol is definitely present but is generally very smooth and well-integrated.