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Mellotron

February, 2017
Judges Rating: 
90
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
36 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This BJCP Category 21B (Specialty IPA), Double India Pale Ale began with moderate hop aroma that was a mix of piney resin, zippy spice, some mango and a cup of fruit cocktail. The hops were anchored by low, bready malt and the fermentation character was very clean. No alcohol aroma was noted in this DIPA. As the beer warmed a bit it took on a lightly earthy quality.

The beer poured out a medium-gold color with medium-high haziness (you will need to roll the can gently as the beer was much hazier on the second pour when it was mixed a bit.) The moderate ivory head was composed of fine bubbles and lasted a long time.

Upon first sip I was greeted with medium-high hop flavor composed of fruit cocktail flavors of pear and mango that lingered awhile. There was some moderate, bready malt with a grainy edge to it. I tasted a little carbonic acid that tingled my palate. There were some very slight phenolic tones, but the beer was otherwise clean. The bittering was smooth and at a moderate intensity. Balance was just to the bitter side. 

This hazy beast came across with medium-full body and medium-high carbonation that gave a bit of a sharp, carbonic bite. 

This was a very quaffable and enjoyable beer. When first presented to me it wasn’t very hazy, but only later on when I added the rest of the can to the glass did it become super hazy. First off I was missing creaminess and juicy fruit tones expected in a New England style IPA but they came in with the second pour. The can’s graphics should encourage a gentle roll (if that isn’t on there already.) This was easy to drink and was well crafted. I’d certainly have another one if I found it again.

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