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Judge's Review: 94 Rating - Alpha Abstraction Vol. 18 by Wild Leap Brew Co.

October, 2021
Judges Rating: 
94
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Alpha Abstraction Vol. 18 by Wild Leap Brew Co. was accomplished using the 2015 style guidelines provided by the Beer Judge Certification Program under category 22A Double IPA.

A plethora of hop aromas is released upon the initial pour and is defined by a blend first and foremost of passion fruit with piney aromatics with just a bit of earthiness in the background.

Light amber in color, cloudy (as per style) and topped with a big white head that held up.

Juicy fruity flavors were dominant and characterized by citrus, passion fruit and piney notes that were cleanly expressed up front and led to a light dry finish. Mouthfeel was also light and was aided by a non-aggressive alcohol presence that enhanced drinkability.

Earthy hop character balanced nicely with the fruity nature of this New England-style double IPA to create uniqueness and avoid a one-dimensional example of the style.

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