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Lil' Heaven

August, 2016

Lil' Heaven

Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

An array of hop oils wafts from the glass with bright notes of cantaloupe, mango and orange pith. The aroma is all hops – no malt to speak of. The aroma’s hop assault continues throughout sampling of the beer with enough complexity to keep you returning for more. The appearance is light gold with exceptional clarity. The beer pours with a medium-sized off-white head that persists well. The flavor has a crackery, biscuity profile from the malt, which provides good support for the high hop flavor without getting in the way. The hop flavor follows the aroma and is balanced by medium-high bitterness, which is strong enough to remind you that this is a Session IPA, not an American Pale Ale. The beer boasts a dry finish, clean fermentation and a soft creamy mouthfeel that is a pleasant surprise for this delicate style.