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North State IPA

December, 2016
Judges Rating: 
92
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

The initial sniff grabs the drinker with big tropical fruit hop aroma of pineapple and mango, with a background note of mixed stone fruit.  A light floral alcohol note and light bready maltiness chimes in as it warms to support the complex hop character.  As you enjoy the aroma, you will note the light amber color, good clarity and a long lasting white head.  The hops shift in the flavor, taking on a prominent grapefruit pith and resin character.  A light earthiness develops as it warms along with a light bready, nutty maltiness that supports the hop flavor.  High hop bitterness and a low alcohol warming emerge mid-palate and linger into a fairly dry finish. This IPA will certainly grab the typical northwest hophead, but will appeal to any IPA lover regardless of where you live.

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