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Judge's Review: 90 Rating - Superfluid by Short's Brewing Co.

February, 2020


Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Superfluid by Short’s Brewing Co. 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 of this alcohol content. Superfluid measures up at 9.1% ABV with 91 IBUs.

Superfluid pours golden in color with excellent clarity and a huge, resilien and thick white head. The aroma is of very prominent resiny hops with just a hint of malt. The body is medium and quite dry. The flavor again is strongly resiny hops with just a hint of nutty malt flavor. The finish is of moderately strong bitterness with strong resiny hop flavors that linger long into the finish over a hint of malt.

This is a very hoppy and bitter Double IPA. This beer hits the elements of the style but the hops are singularly resiny in character. Drinkers looking for a middle-of-the-road Double IPA might find this example aggressive, but true hopheads will rejoice!