Profiles by Ken Carman for professorgoodales.net
Cascade/grapefruit nose in the bottle, but upon taste this is no American grapefruit bomb. There is definitely “other” in there: mix of spice and earthy hop. Nice firm bitter complimented by grapefruit nose. My guess: dry hop was one of those grapefruit-like varieties. Pinpoint bubble head with lots of foam too. Great clarity: deep gold.
93 at Rate beer, 84 at Beer Advocate: good but not REAL good. One reviewer claimed 144IBU. No way. I’ve had barely 100 IBU beers with more hop sense. Just a little fresh hop-like, which is why I think some think more hoppy than it is.
Says 9.2abv, but the slight harsh bitter of the hops that cling to the roof of the mouth. And the nice caramelization of the sweet alt that baklances nicely with the bitter, with some more dextrinous malts: if you’re looking for a nicely bittered balanced double IPA where the abv is somewhat hidden, and the overall sense of the hopping might be described as not “zest,” but “spicy orange,” this would be a great choice.
I gave it 4.