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Snaggletooth Bandana

October, 2016
Judges Rating: 
87
Aroma: 
20 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
35 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Solemn Oath’s The Snaggle Tooth Bandana American IPA started out with moderate hop aroma that was resinous with fruity overtones. Medium low bready malt was in support. As it warmed up in the glass the hop aroma opened up a bit and became tropical fruit forward.

Medium gold, nearly clear and had a moderate low, off white head with good retention.

I tasted low bready and grainy malt with just a hint of sweetness in the mix. Medium high bitterness was the bass note. Hop flavor was also medium high and was resiny, with some tropical fruits (like pineapple) and a bit of a grassy and soapy hop note. Moderate alcohol flavor was noted.

Medium body and medium carbonation. A low level of carbonic bite and a light touch of drying astringency served to dry this one up. Moderate alcohol was warm at the swallow.

This was a pleasant and clean American IPA, old school in character. Would be better if the hop punch was a little more prominent in the nose. Well-crafted and easy to drink IPA.

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