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Judge's Review: 87 Rating - The Shack IPA by Ship Bottom Brewery

February, 2018
Judges Rating: 
87
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
34 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

The Shack IPA by Ship Bottom Brewery was reviewed as a 21A American IPA as per style guidelines established by the Beer Judge Certification Program in 2015.

The aroma carried a defined citrus peel bouquet along with other less evident fragrances of passion fruit and pine. Hops also lightly manifested in the background.

Pale yellow in color, somewhat hazy with medium retention.

Citrus notes present in the aroma profile are more firmly expressed in the flavor as grapefruit and are a bit overstated. A light and sweet caramel malt presence is not sufficient to offset the hop bitterness leading into the finish.

The body is thin to medium with appropriate conditioning and a suitable touch of alcoholic warmth.

If you are a lover of IPAs with higher citrus character this is the beer for you. A tad more malt would have helped bring this effort into balance. 

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