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Space Juice

April, 2016
Judges Rating: 
86
Aroma: 
19 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
35 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Pouring this Double IPA from a 16-ounce can, I was immediately greeted by an assertive hop bouquet. Peach aromas mesh nicely with citrus and piney notes, however there was also a faint burnt rubber aroma, which detracted from the overall aroma.

The appearance reflected an orange-like hue with a medium white head and slight haze, which is not uncommon for a Double IPA.

Hops are aggressively presented in the middle in a blend of tropical fruits and citrus flavors supported by a sweet malt backbone, but make no mistake, this is a hop-forward beer and its balance tilts heavily in that direction. Along with the aforementioned flavor components there persists a rubbery (or as I would refer to it) “new sneakers” flavor, which is usually attributed to certain hop varieties when used in copious amounts in heavily-hopped beers. Some don’t find this character objectionable while others do.

The body is full and smooth with lower carbonation levels and the warming effects of Ethyl alcohol.

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