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SFY

August, 2016

SFY

New York
United States
Threes Brewing SFY Double IPA
Judges Rating: 
95
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
38 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

The beer pours a hazy gold with a creamy, slightly off-white, lingering head. Oranges and tropical fruits, reminiscent of mango and pineapple, are joined by some underlying pine and dankness. Very low levels of toffee sweetness can also be found hiding underneath the hops. The dank and citrusy hops are fighting for dominance in the first sip. As the battle settles down, the tropical fruits rise up mid-palate and are soon flanked by pine resin. The beer is medium-dry but malt sweetness manages to finish things off nicely. The bitterness is firm but not as assertive as one typically expects in a Double IPA, but I’m not sure that is what the brewer was shooting for as the malt sweetness is quite noticeable. There is slight alcohol warmth though you don’t get the impression you need to be overly cautious, however, that impression is misguided. In spite of the big hop presence the beer is smooth, creamy and dangerous quaffable -- a pleasure to drink.

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