Profiled by Maria Devan
This is a straight up good IPA. Pours clear and orange. Cream colored head that lasted well. Leaves sheets of shimmering lace.
Nose is candied orange peel with a splash of lemon. A malt that is not too sweet on the nose. As succulent as this is I am not seeing the nose run all over the place and I like that.
Taste follows the nose except for a permeating herbal from hop that is a perfect counter point to the sweetness of the orange peel. Bitterness underlies the drink rather than comes out over the top of it. Bitterness is firm but not sharp,clean and does not linger. This shows off a creamy biscuit with a faint caramel in the aftertaste. Lovely.
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, is a great beer writer, and should be a beer judge. Really, Maria, you’d make a great one.