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Hopgasm

October, 2016

Hopgasm

Judges Rating: 
90
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

A plethora of aromatic hops are released upon pouring this IPA from a 16 ounce can into a pint glass. This type of aroma strongly suggests the aggressive use of dry hopping which in this case featured a bouquet of passion fruit, sticky pine and citrus.

The appearance reflected a hazy amber colored ale crowned with a medium white head. The aforementioned haze dropped bright after ten minutes in the glass at room temperature.

One might think it difficult to match the hop intensity found in the aroma of this beer however the flavor does not disappoint. A hop blend seems apparent with Simcoe and Citra strongly evident in lending their distinctive fruity, citrusy pine like character to the mix.

Alcohol which is evident yet not overwhelming is followed by a firm bitterness in the finish.

With IPA’s presently being the craft beer of choice, this example of the style weighs in heavy in the ranks of hop forward ale’s.

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