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Judge's Review: 85 Rating - Devil’s Harvest Breakfast IPA by Southern Prohibition Brewing

April, 2018
Judges Rating: 
85
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
34 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Devil’s Harvest Breakfast IPA by Southern Prohibition is a session-strength IPA and was judged as an American IPA (BJCP sub-style 21A). It poured very light, with a straw-like color and mostly clear into the glass, where it displayed a modest white head with moderate retention. Its aroma led off with a robust hop nose featuring resinous, almost grassy notes that dissipated with warming, an abundance of grapefruit and some trailing orange and mango. The flavor followed suit with initial palate-punching grapefruit-heavy hoppiness followed by pale malt to balance, though not to the extent of many IPAs on the market. The mouthfeel included a lighter body than expected for style, reminiscent of the beer’s pale watery appearance, moderate carbonation, and no alcohol warmth or creaminess. This taster’s palate was left with a slightly bitter, fizzy sensation quite unlike most American IPAs, even session-strength ones. This beer is very drinkable, but it loses the essence of an IPA in its attempt to make it a session beer. This beer’s drinkability comes with a caveat: drinkers who are not fond of grapefruity hops may choose to pass, while those who love that type of hop flavor and aroma may order multiple pints.

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