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Gamma Bomb IPA

June, 2016
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
35 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Warped Wing’s Gamma Bomb IPA started out with a medium hop burst of citrus and tropical fruitiness. The moderate bready malt and light grainy/cereal character with a touch of toastiness were in support. A hint of earthiness was apparent from the hops, as well as a slight grassiness. There were medium low fruity tones amid an otherwise clean fermentation profile.

The beer was moderate gold and clear with an orangeish cast. The thick, light ivory head held up well and left some lacing on the glass.

Up front, a medium-high hop flavor was noted and it was fruity/citrusy plus some resin. There was medium-high bitterness that had a slight coarseness to it, and I detected low fruity notes that were slightly tropical. The husky, grain flavors that were at a medium-low level were slightly detracting. The beer had a light note akin to a worty flavor that tempered the moderate bready/grainy malt flavor. A medium-low grassy note lingered to the end and dried out the finish. The beer had medium body with medium-high carbonation. Dry finish with a long, lingering grassiness.

To me, this beer came across as sort of an East-meets-West style of IPA, fairly bright hops but quite a bit of maltiness too, yet it was still fairly crisp. It was an easy drinker even though the hops had a bit of a rough cast to them. Overall, a pleasant quaffer that was mildly assertive in nature. The alcohol was well integrated in this 7.2% ABV beer.