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HopShock IPA

October, 2015
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
35 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

The prominent stone fruit hop aroma, which evolves into candied peaches, is a welcome diversion from the classic citrus or resin hop character typically found in an American IPA. The appearance is also quite inviting, pouring a medium-copper color with very good clarity. The beige head is thick and creamy and seems to last forever. The strong stone fruit hop character is the focus of the flavor as well, supported by a light grainy maltiness. High hop bitterness emerges mid-palate and grows, lingering into a dry finish. The bitterness develops a slight sharpness as it moves through the finish into the aftertaste. The hop aroma and flavor is very well expressed, which creates an enjoyable and slightly unusual IPA.