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Judge's Review: 87 Rating - Hammer Chain by Odell Brewing Co.

April, 2019

Hammer Chain

Judges Rating: 
19 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Hammer Chain by Odell Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Double IPA (2015 BJCP Category 22A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect intense hoppiness supported by malt without being as sweet as an American Barleywine.

The initial look shows a lightly hazy golden straw color half way in the glass with the remaining four inches a large, frothy and rocky white head. As I pull the glass closer a fragrant floral and citrus hop bouquet emerges. My first quaff offers malt sweetness supporting a moderate hop bitterness. The finish is dry and the body medium-full. A pleasant soft alcohol warmth rounds out the initial experience.

The large head takes a while to drop but persists with a ¼” remaining on top. Further sniffs reveal tangerine, mango, and pineapple hops, a faint alcohol nose, and light crackery malt. The malt is doughier in the flavor and the hop aromas transfer to the flavor. This is well-balanced and cleanly fermented. The hops linger alongside a bit of malt sweetness into the finish.

Overall a substantial Double IPA that uses the malt bill to create a sweetness supportive of the hops. The aroma fades rather quickly but rousing provides a refreshing nose. This beer would pair well with a citrus-infused cheese.