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Judge's Review: 91 Rating - Alpha Abstraction Vol. 7 by Wild Leap Brew Co.

July, 2019
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
5 / 6
37 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Alpha Abstraction Vol. 7 by Wild Leap Brew Co. is a Double IPA, which falls under BJCP category 22A but is more of an Imperial New England IPA due so will be judged under BJCP 21B Specialty IPA instead. It falls under this category instead due to being hazy to the point of opaque, while also having lower than traditional bitterness and a creamy mouthfeel which all bends the guidelines of a tradiontal DIPA. However, like a normal DIPA, the aroma is very hop forward, but instead of the usual flavors, it is super red fruity with notes of cherry, raspberry, & strawberry. This combines well with the low malt background of fresh dough and lightly fruity esters of red apple & apricot. These flavors continue to build in the flavor, again with lots of sweet red fruit (cherry, strawberry), but also with some citrusy brightness (orange, grapefruit) to cut in. The low bitterness combined with the fruity hops makes for a creamy, semi-sweet finish. This also lets more of the malt thru, giving a grainy-doughy character, with a mild honey note reminiscent of honey-wheat bread.

 This beer is using a newer hop called Barbe Rouge which I’ve never had prior but it is definitely one to look for based on this beer. It is incredibly unique and quite tasty. Great substitution for an icy lemonade on a hot summer day.