|Highest Rated||Hoptonaut (77 / 100)
||Average score||77 / 100 (Excellent)|
|Lowest Rated||Hoptonaut (77 / 100)
77 / 100
330ml brown bottle purchased by my Dad at the brewery or nearby. Given to me for Xmas.
Pours a pleasant clear, bright golden colour, with excellent clarity. Head is a foamy ring that nonetheless forms excellent swooping streaks of lace. Body is light, especially for the purported 8.5% ABV, but holds a fine bead of carbonation. Looks very good.
Nose is genuinely very pleasant. It leans on the sharp vibrant hops of the oldskool West Coast IPA, giving bright, pungent notes of pine and citrus, leaning towards mandarin and grapeskin. Underneath is a mild cereal or lucerne note, but in an odd way this enhances the slightly organic quality of the hops. It's nice.
Taste is also pretty solid. It has a clean, vibrant hoppiness that stays bright throughout the palate, before depositing a very pleasant restrained bitterness on the back to clean it up. Again, citrus is noticeable on the front, but it has an almost icy, menthol character the enlivens and lightens the palate. When you think about it, you feel the weight of the 8.5% ABV, but it's really well hidden.
Overall, this is a really nicely put together beer—really, honestly well brewed, and beautifully balanced. It's also so pleasing to see a bright, fruity beer in the oldschool style of IPA—it doesn't shy away from bitterness, it sees vibrant clarity as a positive thing, and it balances sweetness with hop fragrance. This is too rare.