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Judge's Review: 79 Rating - Molly’s IPA by Molly's Spirits

November, 2019

Molly's IPA

Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
3 / 6
32 / 40
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Molly’s IPA by Molly's Spirits​ was judged as an American IPA (21A). Hops dominate the aroma with pine resin, floral, honeydew, cantaloupe and slight herbal qualities. A clean, malt sweetness is also noticeable. The appearance is somewhat opaque, orange-yellow in color with a fine, white head. The hop bitterness and melon fruit flavors are pretty dominant. Sweet, honey notes from malts, presumably, lend an almost cloying sweetness to the finish. The bitterness is frankly outmatched by the sweetness for an American IPA. The body is medium, though the sugars give it an almost flabby quality. Though the carbonation is adequate, it feels like it could use more to help offset the sweetness with some carbonic bite. This beer comes across as very malt-focused despite the prominent and unique hop flavors. I would prefer this beer if the sugars were attenuated more and some additional hop bitterness was there to make the balance more along the lines of an American IPA.