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Judge's Review: 89 Rating - Evergreen Terrace by Pontoon Brewing

September, 2020
Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Evergreen Terrace by Pontoon Brewing is a Double IPA and is being evaluated as a Double IPA (category 22A in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). The focus of the Double IPA style is hops, hops and more hops. Additionally, despite being a high-alcohol content style, Double IPAs are fairly drinkable and lack a heavy malty body, which are more typical traits of beers with this alcohol content.  Evergreen Terrace measures in at 8% abv and 100 IBUs.

Evergreen Terrace pours golden in color with a very slight haze and a small off-white head. The aroma is moderate citrusy and resiny hops with a hint of tropical fruit and nondescript malt. The flavor is moderate-strong resiny and citrusy hops with a light support of nutty malt. The finish is moderately-strong bitterness with moderate resiny and citrusy hops.

This is a very pleasant Double IPA. The bitterness was aggressive as expected, and the medium body aids in quaffability, but, the level of hop flavors was towards the low side of the style and the flavors could have been more complex. Regardless, hop heads should not shy away from this Double IPA.