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Rule G

January, 2016

Rule G

Judges Rating: 
90
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
35 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Fruity aromas are dominant initially in this American IPA, seeming to come from both hops and esters, of which apricot and peach are most noticeable. These aromas fade quickly, though, into moderate resinous and berry aromas. It pours a very clear, light amber color with a low white head. This IPA's hop flavor is resinous and piney with moderately high bitterness. It contains a clean, lightly sweet malt backbone and low fruit flavors. It finishes dry but never harsh, aided by an enjoyably higher-than-expected carbonation level. Both the aroma and flavor take on progressively higher fruit characteristics as it warms. Overall, this example is a worthy addition to the loaded arsenal of IPAs to choose from.

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