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Orange King of Hop

April, 2017
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Orange King of Hop is an Imperial IPA with Oranges, and was evaluated as a Fruit Beer (2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Category 29A) offering according to BJCP guidelines.

Inviting orange zest aromatics are intermingled with some pink grapefruit to dominate over the low level sweet malt impression. My mouth is watering in anticipation but I linger a little longer and pick up some esters from the alcohol and a lingering sweet orange. Nothing is off or harsh. The beer is a clear golden yellow with a very creamy long lasting head. Sweet navel oranges are pronounced in the flavor as well but balanced by a nicely rounded bitterness. Additional citrus of tangerine with a hint of pine resin to keep things interesting. The balance is decidedly bitter but the malt sweetness is joined by some candy-like sugar to keep it from being harsh or biting. Warmimg alchol and a slight hop astringency are noted in the mouthfeel but it remains smooth. The warmth continues into the finish as does a touch of pine. When all is said, and done, you know you’ve been drinking an orange infused IIPA. The orange fruit accentuates the citrusy hops, adds interest and helps the malt bring some sweet balance to the bitterness. The overall sweetness may be a touch high for the style but eminently drinkable as it should be. Seek it out.