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Sip of Sunshine

December, 2016
Judges Rating: 
92
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
36 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

This beer pours a deep golden color like orange blossom honey or a sunbeam. It has a faint haze and a lasting off-white head. The aroma is very citra-esque with lots of tropical fruit notes- passionfruit, guava, pineapple – orange, some lemongrass, but also a bit catty. Beyond the hops there is also some grainy malt with a toasty character and a hint of light caramel. The flavor is similarly full of hops, very tropical with some floral & citrus (grapefruit, orange) as well. The hops also lend lots of bitterness, but not to an offensive level, which leads to dry finish with a bit of malty sweetness. I’ve had this beer a number of times and it’s a bit unmistakable, yet different each time. This time was still great, but surprised in the drop-off in hop potency for only 3 weeks since canning which let a bit more malt sweetness come thru than usual. Just another reminder drink your IPAs as fresh as possible.

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