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Hoodoo Voodoo IPA

March, 2016
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
35 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Hop and fruit aromas are subtle and complex (mild citrus and hints of mint, pineapple and passion fruit), but they dissipate fairly quickly. Light caramel and bready malt sweetness are also present. The color is a pale copper, very bright, with an off-white head that lingers as a light veil on top. The flavor starts off with some caramel and mild malt presence that is quickly pushed aside by hop bitterness that lingers on the palate well after the beer is swallowed. The balance is clearly towards the hops. Hop flavors are slightly grapefruity (like grapefruit astringency, somewhat puckering), and some of that trailing bitterness has a minty quality to it. The mouthfeel is medium-light with a slight creaminess that is welcome. A tinge of alcohol heat is also present in the finish. This is a very cleanly-fermented American IPA, but it does little to rise to distinction in a crowded field. It does present a relatively unique use of hops with a clear balance towards hops over malt.