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Big A Double IPA

January, 2016
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
5 / 6
38 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This pale, orange-colored ale was slightly cloudy and supported a medium-white head that held up nicely. Lots of fresh hop aromas are manifest here. Most prevalent are the citrus fruit and pine resin fragrances, which are accompanied by a Caramel malt sweetness.

The hop flavor was assertive – as is typical for the style. The complexity of clean hops suggests an impressive hop blend, which produced a citrus rind, piney and floral character. A slight acidity was incorporated into the mix along with a sweet malt presence, which added to its singular hop complexity. The body was smooth and well-conditioned with alcoholic warmth evident yet not overwhelming.

This is a fine example of a Double IPA and should be considered in the top tier of beers brewed in this style.