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Judge's Review: 92 Rating - Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 13 by Wild Leap Brew Co.

September, 2020
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 13 by Wild Leap Brew Co. is a Double IPA and 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. Alpha Abstraction is double dry hopped with Sabro hops and measures in at 8.0% ABV.

Alpha Abstraction pours light golden in color with an abundance of haze and a medium white head. The aroma is prominent hops of tropical fruit, citrus and pineapple; a hint of malt provided a backdrop for the hops. The flavor is again prominently hoppy with hop flavors of pineapple, coconut, peaches and generic citrus. The beer finishes moderate-light in bitterness with an abundance of tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors.

Alpha Abstraction is a very good, New England-style Double IPA. The hops are very prominent and offer a multitude of complementing flavors. The quaffability of this Double IPA is excellent. Hop heads rejoice!