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Nectar & Knife

October, 2016
Judges Rating: 
94
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

The aromas of grapefruit, mango, and pineapple that make up the nose of this DIPA are familiar, but their intensity is one of a kind; they could be smelled over two feet away upon cracking it open.  Eventually, bitter pith and resin come through with honey-like malt that is mild but also rich and sweet.  This beer pours a hazy orange-gold with a huge white head, leaving foamy shrapnel on the glass. Dense hop flavors follow.  This DIPA is definitely bitter, but not harsh or extreme by any means. Any malt flavor presence gets lost in the mix, which is a minor issue in this otherwise delicious beer.  Sticky hop flavor and bitterness lingers in the dry finish. There is a touch of ethanol in the flavor that belies the serious throat-warming going on.  This is a doozy that stands out for being smooth and drinkable without holding back.

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