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Segal Ranch Session

November, 2015
Judges Rating: 
15 / 24
5 / 6
29 / 40
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
14 / 20

This beer poured clear orange with a thick white head that dissipated quickly. The initial and persistent aroma was bitterly hoppy without any floral or fruity elements. The taste evidenced both malt, though without any discernible or notable characters, and the same bitter hoppiness experienced in the aroma. The high IBUs expected for the style were present, but primarily through early (rather than late) kettle additions, resulting in a very bitter but notably unflavorful taste profile. The body was a bit thin, appropriately lacking alcohol strength, but also bereft of pleasant palate sensations. Overall, this beer came off as a bland and uninspired Session IPA, perhaps lacking in type or diversity of hop varietals and/or the timing of their addition to the kettle.