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Judge's Review: 91 Rating - Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 14 by Wild Leap Brew Co.

October, 2020
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 14 by Wild Leap Brew Co. is a Double IPA and was judged as such (BJCP sub-style 22A). It poured slightly hazy and golden into the glass, forming an impressively dense white head with excellent retention. Its aroma showcased the prominent floral hoppiness expected for style on top of the very solid malt base also required of Double IPAs. That said, the aroma lacked sensory evidence of the alcohol strength imparted by a Double IPA’s hefty grain bill. The flavor profile, conversely, included hops and malt and alcohol in harmonious abundance with a delicious, caramel-like undertone. The mouthfeel consisted of a full body, alcohol warmth but not astringency, and a curious but not unpleasant slickness on the palate. Overall this beer had surprising drinkability given its strength, a testimony to the brewer’s skill in loading up the brew kettle with Double IPA quantities of high-quality ingredients that did not cancel or trip over one another but instead formed a delicious whole greater than the sum of its parts.