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Judge's Review: 88 Rating - Hartbeat by Hanging Hills Brewing Co.

November, 2018


Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
5 / 6
36 / 40
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Hartbeat by Hanging Hills Brewing Co. is a Double IPA that will be judged as such under BJCP category 22A. It pours a deep hazy yellow with a big, foamy white head, that has low-ish retention that tends to hang off the glass. The aroma is full of hops with tropical (pineapple, mango) and citrus (grapefruit, orange peel) fruits, as well as a bit of dank character. There is a little bit of malt with notes of grainy, toasted crackers. The flavor is similar but even more juicy tasting. This coupled with some higher alcohol notes and warmth makes it like a better version of a tiki drink (think mai tai, etc), but with a bit fuller body (med-low) and drier. This is  a very tasty beer, but the alcohol is not well hidden and hurts its drinkability. Still wouldn’t stop me from having a second helping