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Dan Preston's picture


April, 2017


New York
United States
Judges Rating: 
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Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

MC2 by Equilibrium Brewery is a DIPA, but is very much in the NEIPA style, so it is better suited to BJCP 2015 category 21B (Specialty IPA), versus the typical double IPA style (BJCP 2015 Category 22A). As such, this beer should be all about the hops, and it certainly fits the bill.

MC2 pours a deep golden honeythat is very hazy, so much so that it is nearly opaque. It has a smallish white head that sticks around, which would expect to be much larger if not from a growler fill. The aroma is extremely fruity, with lots of mango as well as some pineapple, guava, citrus, tangerine and a little catty dankness in the back – very citra like. The flavor is very similar, extremely hop forward. As continue you to drink it, more of the tangerine, orange, & peach notes come through. There is a light doughy wheat and toast malt way underneath. This leads into a very soft mouthfeel that is smooth with very little alcohol warmth and just a touch of hop bite. A great example of a NEIPA style DIPA