Profiled by Maria Devan for PGA
Pours a beautiful orange, hazy and with a melon hue to it. It’s eye candy with an orange tinged head of off white foam that falls slowly leaves lace, refreshes itself and also sports a ring and cap.
I had to go in deep for the nose but it is pleasant. Some fresh orange, a bit of grapefruit rind and a light tropical fruitiness. Some herbal and a touch of sugar for malt. Drinks exactly like that except the tropical fruit is the surprise to the palate. It’s so light on the nose and you are expecting that grapefruit peel first but it’s a light tropical fruitiness first, the juicy orange to back it up and the tartness of the grapefruit goes to the background.
There is a woody little herbal in the drink that I found very pleasant and original. A soft and supple malt with a light bread and a sweetness that is like some light brown sugar. The bitter on this one will not knock you down but it does it’s job. Starts at the finish and lasts a bit with some resin to help it linger. There is some earthy pine notes in this but they do not stand out too far in front.
The mouthfeel is creamy with just a few bubbles to give it some tingle and the heavier side of light.
This beer has exceptional balance. All the flavors working well together to present a milder and original IPA experience to the palate.
Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”
Maria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is frequent reviewer of beer and a beer lover deluxe.