Profiled by Ken Carman for The Professor
â€œBrutal?â€ Ah: no.
Small rock bubbles with a little pillow. Head dies fairly fast. A hazy gold, about a 10.
Mouthfeel: some caramel malt, but way in the background. Pale malt dominates. A Glacier-hop-like bitter with little flavor is on the top.
Aroma: sweet, somewhat citrus with caramel malt more in the aroma. The balance between the two is about perfect, but just in the aroma.
Taste is a bit watery with hop bitter dominate. No flavor, for the most part, just bitter. This misses â€œIPAâ€ on a few marks, but it would help if they hadnâ€™t called it â€œBRUTAL.â€ While an IPA is hoppy, yes, hop flavor absent with malt so far in the background makes mouthfeel and flavor both seem almost absent. That’s a problem: IPA should be more than just bitter, and a somewhat watery background. As it warms it improves some with body expressing itself a tad. Still seems almost brittle in bitter.
Beer Advocate… a 90? Wow. 97 on both style and overall.
Hate to bust the bubble here, but all that having been typed, doesnâ€™t deserve a 2, but certainly not a 4. About mid-3 range is about right.
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.”