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Judge's Review: 94 Rating - Hop Peak IPA by Breckenridge Brewery

December, 2018
Judges Rating: 
94
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
38 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Hop Peak IPA by Breckenridge Brewery is a wonderful American IPA judged as such under BJCP Category 21A. Upfront it had a huge citrus and piney (almost earthy) hop aroma that blended nicely with a pleasant grainy malt following right behind. There were no noticeable esters behind all of those lovely hops. The beer presented as deeply golden with a huge white head of fine, long-lasting foam and lacing on the glass. The flavor was a pleasant, smooth bready malt, which was immediately followed by a nice citrus, piney, earthy hop flavor and soft bitterness that lingered. This would be a perfect beer to drink with almost any pub food, but I really envision it with a large juicy burger and fries. It is also perfect for a warm fall day sitting out on the patio enjoying the changing colors of the surrounding landscape.

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