Wednesday, September 29, 2010

IPA Maximus

Appreciation goes out to Dr. Calder for this one. Enjoyed at his house followed up by a historical documentary of the North American Plains Indians and Custer's last stand.

Appearance: Orange copper glow with no notable head. Clear in hue, but still maintains the usual IPA eye-candy color
Aroma: Strong biscuit and floral aroma accompanied in the background by a toasted raisin bread overtone.
Taste: Most apparent upon initial reaction is the incredible depth of the sweetness that does into this beer. I find hard notes of dark fruit like cherries, raisins, dates, etc.. The high alcohol by volume is masked by the equally paralleled malt caramel flavors of home baked biscuits. Finishes florally bitter, with undertones of grapefruit to accompany its well balanced mural of bitter malt flavors. Leaves a bit of grassy bitterness on the after-palate.
Mouthfeel: Thick and tacky. Minimal carbonation, but still enough to carry through the complexity of the flavors
Overall Impression: Quite a spectacular IPA, up there with the finest I've this far discovered. If you're out and in doubt of what IPA to try next, at 10.99 a six-pack, it's well worth it.


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