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Nimble Giant

June, 2016
Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
6 / 6
39 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

The aroma struggles to make its way out of the glass but what does emerge is very inviting. Pine, ripe pineapple and juicy mango meld together to create an intoxicating harmony of aromatics. Perhaps more carbonation would help lift the aroma a bit more. A bit of grapefruit rind emerges as the beer warms closer to room temperature, but there is still an overall lack of aroma. The beer is light amber and surprisingly clear, and a medium-sized, off-white head persists extremely well. The hop resin seems to coat the tongue with every sip but the high bitterness is well balanced within the beer. The hop flavor is bright and citrus-laden, following the hop profile of the aroma. The beer finishes dry with lingering alcohol. This is a very nice Double IPA that comes across a bit boozy in the balance. More late hops and/or dry hopping would help elevate the aroma, which does a poor job of setting the stage for the enjoyable drinking experience to come.