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Judge's Review: 91 Rating - Alpha Abstraction Vol. 5 by Wild Leap Brew Co.

March, 2019
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
4 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Alpha Abstraction Vol. 5 by Wild Leap Brew Co. was judged as a Double IPA (BJCP sub-style 22A). In the glass it formed a moderate white head atop a very hazy copper brew, atypical for the style. The aroma began, and continued, with plenty of citrus – orange and grapefruit specifically, and noticeable but pleasantly mild alcohol notes. The flavor profile was orange-forward with malt, hops and the other added ingredients playing a supporting but harmonious role.

The mouthfeel was characterized by a medium to full multi-layered body, with some creaminess and only minor hop astringency. Indeed, this is not a beer for hop heads. Drinkability was high due to the hop flavor and alcohol warmth not being excessive as less skillfully brewed versions of this style often are.  This is a very flavorful and well-crafted Double IPA that is on the lower end of the ABV range for the style, resulting in a pleasantly refreshing beer.