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Judge's Review: 91 Rating - Double Archipelago by Monday Night Brewing

October, 2019
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Double Archipelago by Monday Night Brewing is being evaluated as a Double IPA (BJCP 2015 Category 22A).

The aroma doesn’t quite jump out of the glass but what is present is very inviting. Hops showcase an array of honeydew melon, passion fruit and dried apricot. The aroma is a bit mild overall for the style but freshness and a clean fermentation are evident. There is no perceptible malt character in the aroma. The beer pours blonde with subtle haze and a creamy dense white head that persists well into the enjoyment of the beverage. 

The flavor has an expressive tropical hop character that closely follows the aroma and the bitterness is very mild in the balance. However, restraint in bitterness aids in drinkability, which this beer offers in spades. This beer appropriately utilizes malt as a blank slate and gets out of the way, allowing the hops to become front and center. The finish is dry with lingering hop flavor. There is no alcohol warmth or hop astringency noted.

This beer straddles a thin line somewhere between American IPA and Double IPA – arguments could be made on either side. Rather than get caught up in the details of where it is best suited categorically, the important thing is this beer’s exquisite hop character. There is a delicate tropical hop presence that features characteristics that IPA drinkers and brewers have been gushing over in recent years. The delicate, tropical hop juiciness is difficult to describe in words so do yourself a favor and seek this one out for enjoyment!